This Q&A will be a bit different from the others as we have agreed to a 10 question limit. Members will have a two week window to submit questions.
At the end of two weeks, if we have more then 10 questions, we will allow members to vote for their 10 favorites questions via a poll. The poll will run for one week. Questions with the most votes will then be sent off to Jeffrey!
Cheers Jeffrey! I was wondering about the inspiration behind 'Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square' and whether there was any specific story behind it. I also wanted to ask you what prompted your decision to leave Jethro Tull and the music scene entirely. By the way, did you really invent the coveted CLAGHORN?
Hi Jeffrey!! You played bass guitar along with Jethro during the very good moments as far as of their Lives concerts, Paasion Play, Thick as a Brick gigs, and more. Unfortunately we don't have any footage, of those years, in very good conditions, to enjoy, I'm refering to the years 1971, 1972, 1973. How amazing were they for you? Will you tell us something interesting, funny that you can remember from that moments?
Thanks & greetings from a longtime and trusty Spanish's Tull fan
Hello Jeffrey. It was a pleasure to be in attendance for several Tull performances during your tenure with the band; an exciting era (to say the least) for many of us who have been "on board" all the while. The absence of quality video during those years is disappointing in no small way. On to my question which perhaps I should know the answer but do not. What was your level of expertise as a bass player when you first became a member of one of the world's top rock bands and were you aware of the successful impact that your stage (zebra) motif was commanding? Bob "Bobbo" Miller now in Houston, Tx
I'm sure a lot of our members will focus on your Tull days, so here's one about non-Tull stuff, your art.
Alongside my love of Tull I also have a love of art, and there might be several questions rolled up in this but I'd be grateful for anything you can offer as a way of an insight into your 'art-world'. Having only ever seen one piece of your work I am curious to learn more about your life and work as an artist.
Essentially can you tell us a bit about your life as an artist, particularly your influences, what medium do you favour, is it strictly 'painting' or do you dabble in other media? How prolific are you? What are your thoughts on the current populist movements [Emin, Hirst, Banksy etc], do you exhibit your paintings, can they be bought, is there anywhere we can view your work? Are you strictly a studio painter or do you get out in the field...
Finally something that always intrigued me and a bit of an aside, in the lyrics to Thick as a brick, Ian refers to the poet and the painter, is Ian the poet and are you the painter?
All the best, thanks for taking part and what's the link with mudsharks in Seattle?
Pat Kent Kent UK
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2010 8:09:15 GMT -5 by Deleted
Post by SilverHamer on Sept 30, 2010 9:54:15 GMT -5
I really have no questions, but would just like to let Jeffrey know that I have missed seeing him on stage. Jeffrey is probably the most colorful performer I ever saw with a bass guitar strapped on. I don't think there could ever be a stage too big for Jeffrey where he wouldn't cover it from one end to the other with his unique playing/dancing style. This really added to the cool visual effect of a Tull performance in the 70's...damn I miss it too.
OOOPS...yea I DO have a question...how long were the spiral guitar chords you used back in those days? Anymore people go wireless, and I'd bet that would have been a real treat if you could have had that advantage back in the day.
Post by Freightrain on Sept 30, 2010 21:54:48 GMT -5
Jeffery, How much artistic freedom put did you have in laying down the basslines in Aqualung, Thick as a Brick and Passsion Play? The concept album era contained so much musical imagry and I feel that those melodic lines that you played contributed a lot to the creative process.
Hello Jeffery, who idea was it to name the your first band the " The Blades" and was it true the Ian really hated being called Elvo? thank you for the many wonderful chapters you have given the Jethro Tull story and I wish you good fortune in the years to come..Charles
Post by Sharkdaniel on Oct 1, 2010 18:06:20 GMT -5
My questions are:
1- Back in 1975, how did Ian take the fact that you have decided to leave the band? was it a bad surprise for him, or did everybody see that coming? maybe you could give us some details
2- You lived a Golden Era with Jethro Tull, why did that Era passed so carelessly, with no decent live footage recorded for the future? Did´nt you have a concert recorded in Paris 1975... whatever happended? I´m a young fan, and I´ve only seen some bad quality videos of you in youtube...
Dear Jeffrey, as much as I enjoyed your bass playing, I was most entertained by your humor. The giant sunglasses on the Aqualung tour, the hilarious announcements during Thick as a Brick, the Little Doggie in the Window, the Zebra and so on. I also believe you were responsible for muchof the content of the Thick as a Brick newspaper. My question: How did such an apparently reserved and serious painter /musician come up with so many wonderful and zany stage antics? You beat Monty Python to it. Over the past thirty years Jethro Tull has tried to recreate some of this stage humor but it just hasn't been the same at all. Thank you for being a large part of the most entertaining rock concerts I have ever attended.
1. In your own words, you wrote in 1998 that when you joined Jethro Tull you were "Wide-eyed but technically ignorant as far as music was concerned", and much has been written about you being an artist first, musician second.....to which I say ?!?!? (huh?).....what are you (and others) talking about? You were responsible for recording & performing some of the most technically complex music in the rock world and were brilliant at it! Not to mention the wonderful theatricality you brought to your live concerts. I play in a Jethro Tull tribute band by night (and am in a totally non-musically related career by day) and am constantly amazed by the details and challenging nature of Ian Anderson's and the band's music from a performer's standpoint. As for you, having come from a different (non-professional musician) background, I just have one question? How did you do it!? (other than the cliched answer of "practice"!)
2. How did it feel to be the subject of 2 of Ian Anderson's songs and featured in their titles (and immortalized on the albums they appear)?
3. Any relation to the Hammond of organ fame? (I've carefully tried to avoid the wording to suggest that you have a famous organ!)
Jeffrey, you have spent presumably most of your life painting. Do you still paint? Any plans for sharing the work in some fashion, maybe a web site or gallery exhibition? I'll wager that Ian owns some of your work, yes? As an artist, I respect you for walking away from music to pursue your true love.
Saw you many times in the '70's with Tull. Loved your non-stop energy on stage. We always thought that you were a speed freak because you never-ever stood still!
I´m Lucas from Brazil, and another big fan of your work with Tull! I wish I was born when you played in the band so I would have had a chance to see you on stage with Tull! My question is, have you ever regreted leaving Tull in the course of the years?
Thanks for all the great music that will always fill my ears and clean my soul!