Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre to Tour With ‘Lost’ Songs
by: Nancy Dunham December 21, 2011 Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Jethro Tull‘s Martin Barre plans to take some of the group’s lesser-known music on the road with a band comprised partially of Tull alumni. The guitarist is in the final stages of assembling a group to tour next year.
Although Jethro Tull has toured behind such hits as ‘Aqualung’ and ‘Cross-Eyed Mary’ for decades, there are many other beloved songs that have been shelved, such as ‘Sweet Dreams’ which the band has not played live since the ’80s. Other songs have rarely, if ever, been played in concert.
“I want to play some of the songs that we haven’t done in a very long time,” Barre tells Ultimate Classic Rock of the plans to dip back into the band’s catalog. “I really am not tired of playing those songs. I enjoy them.”
As the lead guitarist in Tull for more than 40 years, Barre is the master behind the oft-imitated wizardry in ‘Aqualung,’ ‘Locomotive Breathe,’ and other rock anthems. Although he is tapping some past Tull members for the band, he said that such an association is not a requirement. Indeed, he plans to include a vocalist that doesn’t have the same styling as Tull’s frontman and founder Ian Anderson.
“You can’t imitate Ian’s vocals,” said Barre, who also plays flute and will presumably fill in on some of the parts Anderson would normally play on various songs. “I want something that’s really very different.”
Still, Barre promises that the vocals will work well with the instrumentation and satisfy the band’s ardent fan base. “I promise you a great show,” he said. “I am very excited and extremely enthusiastic!”
Barre is in the process of finalizing details of the project and will announce 2012 tour dates in the near future.
Although there have been myriad rumors that Tull is no more, Anderson’s publicist tells Ultimate Classic Rock no such decision has been made. Anderson and others challenge themselves creatively by playing with other musicians when Tull is on hiatus, she said.
Anderson is planning to tour behind ‘Thick as a Brick,” the first time he’s played the work in its entirety since 1972. The tour is a solo project for Anderson and will not include Barre or other members of Tull.
TM: Yes, his guitars in that song are great.
Nov 18, 2015 15:38:25 GMT -5
TM: Going to see Martin this Saturday night.
Dec 14, 2015 13:18:35 GMT -5
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
Jul 19, 2017 19:19:55 GMT -5