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There’re a few things about Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull that you might not know. Firstly, he has a wicked sense of humour, is the passionate grower of very hot chili peppers and is an animal conservationist for The Andean Mountain Cat and more to discover in the Q&A below. You are one of the few people in the world who are known equally by two stage names: Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Which do you prefer and why? Nowadays I prefer Ian Anderson, but the repertoire is still Jethro Tull so both are valid concert billings. In my passport, it says Ian Anderson. No mention of Jethro Tull! You are famously recognised as a flautist… but you are a multi-instrumentalist. Was the flute the first instrument you gravitated towards? Which is your favourite instrument? I started with guitar, of course, like many others in the 60s. But the flute was a point of difference so it became the instrument I am most associated with. No-one confused me with other bands and artists. And so, it remains my favourite instrument to this day. But the guitar is more useful for writing songs. What can we expect to see in your festival performance this year? A selection of best-of material, of course. Maybe one or two new songs depending on our allotted set length. If the money’s right, I can toss in Smoke on the Water and Whiter Shade of Pale. Or should that be a lighter shade of ale? You have a band member whose role is listed as ‘vocals and stage antics’. What do ‘stage antics’ entail? Tomfoolery, jigging about and bum-wiggling. But that was Ryan O’Donnell, guest vocalist, who is currently Ray Davies in the London musical Sunny Afternoons. Otherwise engaged, although he is a virtual guest on our big video screen on full production tours. A bit impractical at a multi-act festival, however. Wasn’t this your role in the early years? Still is if I’ve remembered to drink my half-bottle
of Jack Daniels before the show. Brings out the inner Ollie Reed in me. Do you think that you have come full circle – and it is your time again? My time is 06.30 every morning when I wake up. It is my favourite hobby. Waking up. I try to do it as often as possible. It may not be so well known that at one time you were considered as a ‘heavy metal’ band. Indeed, in 1988 you beat Metallica to the Grammy for the Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance. Was that a shock? It was certainly a shock to Metallica. They had to shelve all the Metallica Grammy Winners T-shirts for another year. But I do have a heavy metal flute: 0.997 pure silver. If I can find one in plutonium, I could glow in the dark. What three other things about Ian Anderson that people may not know? Grower of very hot chili peppers. Supporter of the Christian Church – not the religion so much as the old smelly buildings themselves. I do charity shows each year for the maintenance and upkeep of our great medieval cathedrals. I am engaged in the conservation of small wild cat species too from time to time. Check out the Andean Mountain Cat. What / who are you inspired by and listening to right now? Muddy Waters, Beethoven and Varttina, the Finnish folk band. Right now, I am listening to Marc Almond’s new, as-yet-unreleased song that I just guested on, called, Lord Of Misrule. A perfect Christmas song that we will play together at Worcester and Winchester cathedrals in December. What’s your ‘secret song’, when no-one is around… what song are you playing? Convoy by CW McCall. Perfect for US tours when we are barrelling down the freeway to the next town. Bluesfest 2017 on Easter Sunday. For more ticket and program info go to bluesfest.com.
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DINOSAUR JR ROCK THE NORTHERN Dinosaur Jr return to Australia this January touring off the back of their new album Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, their first since 2012 and their fourth since 2005’s unlikely reformation.
STEWART D’ARRIETTA AND JOHN WATERS PRESENT LENNON: THROUGH A GLASS ONION AFTER A SENSATIONAL 16-WEEK SEASON IN NEW YORK. BYRON THEATRE ON FRIDAY 27 AND SATURDAY 28 JAN. TIX AT BYRONCENTRE. COM.AU
‘If you ever begin to think your best days are behind you, buy one of Dinosaur Jr’s last three records and get inspired.’ – Double J Original members J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph will bring the classics from a catalogue that now stands at eleven albums tall (and not a dud among them) between them containing the classics Repulsion, Almost Ready, Little Fury Things, Watch The Corners, Freak Scene, Tiny, The Wagon, Out There, Feel The Pain… I could go on… According to a writer from Live Review, ‘No other band plays super-loud fuzzy guitar rock like Dinosaur Jr. Early on bassist Lou Barlow told the crowd that this was the group’s first show in six months. It didn’t matter one bit. You get the sense that you could wake Mascis, Barlow and Murph out of a one-year slumber, give them some equipment and a shitload of amps, and they’d bang out the perfect rock show.’ Four albums into their rebirth and Dinosaur Jr look to have no sign of slowing up. Album of the week slots on Double J, FBi, SER and glowing reviews across the planet stand testament to
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DINOSAUR JR AT THE HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN ON SUNDAY
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LADY LEE AND THE JAZZY CATS AT THE LENNOX BOWLO ON SUNDAY the staying power of Dinosaur Jr and the songs of J Mascis. They play the Hotel Great Northern on Sunday. Tix at thenorthern.com.au.
LADY & THE KATS
Lady Lee & The Jazzy Kats play swingin’ rat-a-tat-tat classic jazz swingin’ tunes music from
27-29 JANUARY 2017 MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL
the Masters: Sinatra, Carlos Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong and many more… From a classic time when swing music was like a living thing getting people moving together and grooving with each other together again. At Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm.
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