LOCOMOTIVE BREATH: This man is not only a legend in his own right, but also will forever be known as the guy who beat Metallica at the 1988 Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock/Metal performance. Yes, this man. The guy with the flute!

LOCOMOTIVE BREATH: This man is not only a legend in his own right, but also will forever be known as the guy who beat Metallica at the 1988 Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock/Metal performance. Yes, this man. The guy with the flute!

WHAT A CONCEPT: Ian Anderson celebrates 49 years as rock's pied piper while on tour playing the entirety of Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" album. The album, released in 1972 and containing only the 44-minute title track spread across two sides of vinyl, was intended as a parody concept album. Today, the album and Jethro Tull stand as classic rock icons.

WHAT A CONCEPT: Ian Anderson celebrates 49 years as rock’s pied piper while on tour playing the entirety of Jethro Tull’s “Thick as a Brick” album. The album, released in 1972 and containing only the 44-minute title track spread across two sides of vinyl, was intended as a parody concept album. Today, the album and Jethro Tull stand as classic rock icons.

Ian Anderson plays Jethro Tull’s classic “Thick as a Brick” at the Paramount Theatre in Austin TX,  Oct. 28. Ticket info here.

By Metal Dave

Back when sending a letter meant finding a pen and licking a stamp, I mailed a shot in the dark to music journalist Anne Leighton in hopes of getting some pointers about breaking into the biz. To my surprise, Anne found a pen, licked stamp and actually mailed me back. After offering some tips, she signed off with an encouraging, “keep up the good work, kid!” Or something like that.

A couple years later, Anne was interviewed for a story about being a music journalist. When the writer asked her which up-and-coming scribes looked promising, Anne was kind enough to say something along the lines of, “there’s this kid out in Texas named David Glessner who I think is gonna be pretty good.” Obviously, I was flattered and have yet to forget that early vote of confidence. Thanks, Anne.

When we recently reconnected, I learned Anne is now handling publicity for classic rock legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame. Naturally, I had to ask her if Ian would do me the great honor of offering exclusive feedback to my piddly little website. He very graciously did and left me quite flattered and humbled that a rock legend of his stature would be so kind as to indulge 2Fast2Die. Thanks, Ian.

2Fast2Die: What’s your favorite album of all time and why did it have such an impact?

IAN ANDERSON: Probably Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. I have always believed that old Ludders would have still written the 9th if he had been born with a Gibson Les Paul in his hands and a future Led Zeppelin tour in his heart. The dramatic combination of solo instrumental voices, big ensemble passages, choir and grand operatic human voices is the stuff of the heaviest and the darkest of Metal. 

SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION: Ian Anderson cites Beethoven as one of his favorite musicians and a forefather of heavy metal.

The different movements of the 9th have their separate identities but the 5th and big vocal drama one, is the one to raise the short and curlies and possibly other parts beside. 

Check out the von Karajan rendition from 1963. The Scherzo from the 2nd movement is pure head-banging Status Quo. 

The consummate composer tour de force and the most complete piece of music I have ever heard. But then – there is also Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy”. It pretty much says it all too. In only 2 minutes and 58 seconds….

Best, IA

2Fast2Die Says: Who am I to argue with a guy who has balls big enough to rock a flute and name his band after an 18th Century farmer? Oh, and if you dare question Jethro Tull’s heavy metal credentials, you should know that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was briefly a member and that Iron Maiden covered “Cross Eyed Mary.” Hmmm. Maybe Jethro Tull deserved to upset Metallica.

  1. Steven Blackmore says:

    That’s great of Ian to do that Dave i will tell a friend in London to check this out his big

  2. Steven Blackmore says:

    I meant to say Tull Fan, awesome again of him to do that…

  3. AliEase says:

    I love Ian and Love Jethro Tull. I have lived with “thick as a brick” for years and still live. The album “Bursting out” is also a great master piece.

  4. goldie edgar says:

    tull is fab.introduced to him by my dad and we have both spent many years lovin and living the music(broadsword my fav)luv u ian xx

  5. Greg says:

    I think it was around 7 years ago, Ian did his “rubbing elbows” tour. He took questions from the audience. I was lucky enough to allow to ask him:
    1) his favorite album …. his answer: Beethovens 9th
    2) his favorite movie …. his answer: Spinal Tap
    3) his favorite book ….. his answer: cannot remember the title, but it was some obscure murder mystery
    4) what was funny, is that he them commented ….”you forgot to ask who is my favorite actor” …I said , who? He said, “well, Pamela Anderson of course” …. he then made some funny comment about her HUGE flotation devices, and how’d he love to go swimming with her!! ;-)

  6. Jack M says:

    Not sure of the year, 1972 I think. My first concert and I was going to see Jethro Tull. They were the middle of a bill that had Black Sabbath as headliner with Tull AND Yes. well Black Sabbath did not play because their equipment had not made it(thats what we were told) so Tull and Yes
    played extra long segments. WOW never got over it (LSD was involved) and to this day Tull and Yes are still favorites.

  7. Ron Prohaska says:

    Who has a sharper wit and edge than Ian? Flutes trump axes.