Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson to Perform at the Terrace Theater

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Ian Anderson will be performing both his classic composition, Thick As A Brick, in its entirety for the first time since 1972, as well as his new album, Thick As A Brick 2, during his new world tour and stopping at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center – an SMG-Managed facility – on Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 PM. This is a Nederlander concert.

Anderson’s tour will feature a more theatrical production including video and added musicians, featuring Ian’s band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle, all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years, as well as, having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull.

Ian’s new album, Thick As A Brick 2 (TAAB2), also features David, John, Scott, and Florian. It was produced by Ian Anderson and mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Jethro Tull’s Aqualung-Special Edition, released this past fall.)

TAAB2 answers the question 40 years later, whatever happened to Gerald Bostock (the person credited with writing the lyrics for Thick As A Brick? which hit number one on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart. With the first Thick As A Brick, Jethro Tull broadened rock beyond the limitations of the short song format).  Ian Anderson says “Part two” gave him a chance to wonder, “How we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, and often feel an occasional ‘what-if’ moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out shopkeeper or finance tycoon?”

After 44 years of leading Jethro Tull to 54 countries worldwide and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates these true progressive rock classics with old and new fans across world-wide. Ian is known as the flute, voice and composer of the legendary Jethro Tull which formed in England in 1968. Since their first performance at London’s famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.

“We are excited to host an artist of Ian Anderson’s incredible caliber,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for SMG at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. “It is a pleasure to welcome him to the Long Beach Terrace Theater,” he concluded.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and range from $40-$85 dollars. To charge by phone, please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. The Box Office is open from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and 12PM to 4PM on Saturday.

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