In May of 1980, I got the call for Jethro Tull. I had been playing on Eddie Jobson's demo in New York (cursing him the whole time because I had to take the subway carrying my cymbals.) Eddie used that demo to land a gig doing Ian Anderson's solo album.
When the drummer didn't work out, () Ian inquired about the drummer on Eddie's demo. They called me and I was there the next day. The album turned out so good that Chrysalis wanted to make it the next Tull Album - "A".
Ian Anderson was cool to work with. The first time I heard his voice coming through the monitor in rehearsal, It was like, "Wow! There's that voice."
Ian's a very good guy who always made sure his lads were happy, which we were. I was happy with the money alone. We'd take a break and drink tea and ride motocross bikes on his 400 acres, which is now probably 1,200 acres. He also had a proper rifle range on his property where we'd go down whenever we wanted with our 12-gauges and shoot clay pigeons. It was a great lifestyle.
We toured the US and Britain in 1980, then Europe in 1981. Then, Ian wanted to give it a break for awhile, so I moved on. One of my best friends, Doane Perry, who co-produced the Something with a Pulse CD, took my place and has had the gig ever since.
I first met Doane in the mid 1970s. He called Jean Luc's management to follow up after being told that he had the Jean Luc Ponty gig. Then, they told him, "Jean Luc just heard this drummer from South Dakota that he likes." So when we played New York, Doane said, "I'm gonna see what this guy from South Dakota is like." He called me awhile later when he was in LA, and again when he got back to New York, and we developed a close friendship… even though I stole his Ponty gig and he stole my Tull gig (kidding.) .
The only guy I saw that I can think of that made it to the big time was Tico Torres (Bon Jovi). I saw him many times with a band called T. Roth and Another Pretty Face, Friday nights at a bar called Traces. They were very good, and T.Roth had some ties to Kiss, Cher and even Bowie.
Post by Michael Crowe on Jan 7, 2015 11:31:35 GMT -5
Thanks for the Craney link Monkey. I remembered him from his time with Gino Vinelli in the mid 70s so I recognized the name on the 'A' jacket and was thilled he had joined Tull - after I got over the loss of Barlow, which I never have really. I think Craney was the best of the Tull drummers with the possible exception of Barry. Wish he had stayed on for a while.
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