Let's keep a journal of any interesting, strange and/or unexpected little Tull-related things that happen to us, or that we see, during the course of a day!
I know things like that happen to me here in NYC all the time. Just last week something like that happened, which I posted previously in a thread entitled Aqualung Plays Aqualung, and today something else happened, which I will describe a little later and it's really pretty good.
But first, here is a re-posting of Aqualung Plays Aqualung in case you misssed it, and also as an example of what I mean. I think it's a good format to follow, documenting the time and place, like a diary entry, and also adding a little title for the vignette.
This promises to be fun, because we will keep a running record for each particular city or location! ----------------------------------------------------------- NYC diary, Episode #1 - "Aqualung Plays Aqualung"
Tuesday, April 13th, northwest corner of 53rd and 3rd. Went out with law school buddies for drinks and dinner. Afterward, walked with one of them to the subway at said corner. We are talking there. Traffic, sirens, street noise.
Homeless black guy arrives, pushing shopping cart, with large clear Hefty bag attached. He starts picking through the trash bin for empties. I see he's got a cassette player in the cart, and I hear flute, but couldn't make it out due to noise. I remark to Bruce, that sounds like Tull. Street noise abates, and I realize it IS Tull, it's the flute solo from Locomotive Breath!
I look with amazement as this Aqualung character picks through the garbage, with Locomotive Breath playing, but here's where it gets really strange. We're saying goodbye as the song fades out, which is immediately followed by the opening bars of Cross-Eyed Mary. But nowhere on any compilation or greatest hits album does Mary ever follow Breath!
Which means that this homeless guy, this real-life black Aqualung character, had made a Tull mix tape with some of the songs from Aqualung on it!
I realized only later that I should have talked to the guy, although that's not always such a good idea in NYC.
This evening, April 19th, 5:50 p.m., Columbus Circle, by Central Park. I leave my office, going to walk home, not take the bus, so I'm following a route I would not ordinarily take.
I cross Central Park West, and I'm walking by the park entrance, across from the obelisk of Christopher Columbus, first constructed at that location in the 1890's, now situated within the re-designed Circle, with flowers, fountains and stone benches, across from the magnificent AOL Time Warner Building.
There are hotdog carts, bicycle boys and vendors who line up hoping to sell their wares, usually framed photos of Manhattan landmarks, antique signs, NYC drawings, etc., etc., things that are of interest to tourists.
As I'm following the Circle around, I spot from the corner of my eye a vendor selling these little tin rock concert signs, with the psychedelic artwork from the old Fillmore posters.
They are in a crate, with the first one being a Who tin, and I almost didn't stop to bother, figuring it would be the usual, Beatles, Who, Doors, etc., but I thought, what the heck, I'll take a look.
So I'm going the through the crate, not expecting to find any Tull, and I see The Who, Hendrix, Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and then, to my surprise, this:
It's from the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, year unknown, withTull headlining, and Chuck Berry and others as the supporting acts, and underneath, ads for upcoming shows featuring MC5 supported by Pink Peech Mob and Tiffany Shade, with Family Dump Truck (!) opening.
And it wasn't just one, he had five or six of these Tull tins. He was asking $10.00 but I was able to get him down to five, because none of them were in perfect condition, but they were good enough. The guy told me he's got a bunch more at home, but like I said, all of them are just a little dented at the corners, maybe with a little chrome showing. I just found them online for $10, presumably in better condition.
But the point is, the guy is not going anywhere, he's two blocks from my office, and if I buy a bunch of them, maybe I can get them for $3 or $4 apiece.
Is anyone interested? They are like these little tin signs, about 9 x 12. I can pick some up for folks here, upon request.
This is not a new episode, but one that dates back to 1987, when I first moved into NYC. I've told this story before on the old board, and should have included it here when I started this thread, but I had forgotten about it.
Tower Records, corner of Broadway & 72nd Street, circa Summer of 1987. This was the era of CD longboxes, but record stores still carried vinyl albums. The Tower store at this location sold the new CD longboxes, vinyl LPs and cassette tapes in a roughly 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 ratio.
On this night, way back then, I was browsing in the record department and, out of force of habit, started heading over to the Tull section. But before I could get there a young black guy got there first and started excitedly flipping through the vinyl Tull albums. I was surprised because I didn't think that Tull had very many black fans, and this guy seemed really into them.
I was even more surprised when he withdrew a copy of the Thick as a Brick album, and kissed it with a look of sheer joy on his face, before rushing over to the cashier to buy it!
P.S. I just realized that two out of the three strange Tull-related episodes I have had in NYC involve black guys who love Tull! (See Episode #1, "Aqualung Plays Aqualung")
Yesterday, Times Square, near 45th Street. I'm going to Toys R Us to buy some presents for my kid, and as usual, there are all these annoying young males, who work as barkers for the many comedy clubs in the area, offering purportedly discounted tickets to comedy shows.
Their shtick is to continually yell out the name of the club to the throngs of tourists passing by, and then to approach their indivdual prey, with their dubious tickets in hand. So yesterday, one of these annoying little bastards approached me with the following query: "Do you like stand-up?" My response, feigning innocence: "Are you kidding, that's my favorite Jethro Tull album!"
Ignoring what I said, he obliviously continued with his sales pitch.
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
willydontmind: I bought a 1967 Eko Ranger 12 and it had an autograph on the back. After looking around at who used this kind of guitar and comparing signatures to everyone that I could think of, I came up with John Evans. What do you guys think? Is this his signature
May 5, 2021 19:37:33 GMT -5