In this photo, the bearded members of The Jethro Tull Board sandwich icecreamman and a backdoor angel at War Child's recent Halloween costume party in the village. Paul's on the right and that's me on the left.
I've got more photos from that fun night, which I will be posting in the War Child thread.
Mike "Icecreamman" Grin and I, backstage with Ian in 1991, after the Catfish Rising show at Nassau Coliseum. Moments earlier, Mike had presented Ian with a moosehead finger puppet which he had gotten from his girlfriend, a children's entertainer, Marcia the Musical Moose.
Mike thought it would be funny to give this to Ian as a gift and suggest that he utilize it as a "willie warmer" because at that time, Kissing Willie was a relatively new song. Trouble was, it was the size of a fingertip!
Ian initially looked at Mike with daggers in his eyes, as if to say, WTF did you just hand me? But then, after some pretty girls who were standing near us started giggling --- one of them made a joke, and I then jumped in with a great line -- Ian totally lightened up and saw the humor in the situation, and after that we were treated like royalty!
The full story of the 'Willie Warmer Affair' has been told twice, in serial fashion, in 2003 and again in 2009, and it was the re-telling in 2009 that in large part led to the founding of this board. One of these days, I will tell the whole story again, but probably not for a couple of more years.
This is the first time I've posted the photos!
Nearly 20 years later, just a few months ago in fact, I met Ian with another friend -- your very own TM -- at which time another unusual gift was proferred! Full story starts here:
This photo of me and Karen (on pretzel flute) with Tull tribute keyboardist, Mike "Icecreamman" Grin, was taken after the 40th anniversary show at Jones Beach in August 2008.
You can make out a yellow backstage pass on Mke's shirt. He and the other members of War Child got to meet Ian after the show, but they didn't take poor little -- okay not so little -- me with them.
You always have a great smile Jeff. Tull has that affect on me too. Have you ever been backstage before?
Yes, I've been backstage and personally met Ian four times, plus I've met and spoke with him outside the venue several other times too. The most recent backstage meeting was when Paul and I got passes (through Pat's contacts) and were part of a very small group of guests who met Ian after a show last year in Morristown NJ, when we got that hilarious recorded greeting from Ian for the members of the board! Certainly by now you've seen that....it's right at the top of our home page.
Also, if you go back through this thread you will see photos from the very first time Icecreamman and I met Ian, also under hilarious circumstances I told -- at length, and in serialized fashion -- twice before on two now-defunct forums. But I only tell that story once every six years, so let's see, probably I'll tell the whole damn yarn again in 2015, right here on TJTB!
Mike and I also met Ian backstage after two of the shows on our trip to England and Scotland in 1993.....I will be posting some more photos of our trip soon, including some taken backstage.
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
maugioia: is there anyone there
Feb 28, 2020 17:49:37 GMT -5
yellowcab643: I made my way to Hollywood and thought it was very refreshing. The Kaiser Permanente Optometrist there cured my High Blood Pressure. Do I like an unsung westerner - I drove an England truck and had a Texas CDL Styx & Van Halen might have music about me
Mar 3, 2020 21:07:03 GMT -5