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The Real Reason Tony Iommi Left Jethro Tull

Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull are two bands that are, on the surface, very different from each other. The former band was one of the first to introduce the world to heavy metal, releasing one classic album after another in the 1970s until frontman Ozzy Osbourne's substance abuse problems became too much to handle. The latter, while capable of recording heavy music, was definitely not metal — unless you were part of the committee that decided Jethro Tull's album "Crest of a Knave" should win the inaugural Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy over Metallica's "...And Justice for All." (To be fair, Tull wasn't the only non-metal act among the nominees, but they were also widely seen as the least heavy.)
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Jethro Tull Skipped Out On Playing At Woodstock. Here's Why

British prog rockers Jethro Tull somehow made a career as a rock band despite doing some of the most un-rock and roll things to have ever happened. One: making the band's focal instrument the flute (we're as stumped as you are as to how such a thing ever became successful). Two: naming their band after an 18th-century agriculturalist (something which Tull's flute-tooting frontman Ian Anderson told Billboard decades later he regretted). And three: refusing an invitation to play at Woodstock (and their reasons for doing so were even more un-rock and roll).
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Did you know Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi was in Jethro Tull?

As a big Tull (and Black Sabbath) fan, I'm not sure I ever knew this. Between playing in the bands Earth and Black Sabbath, Iommi tried out a stint as Jethro Tull's guitarist. In this Ultimate Classic Rock piece, Tull's Ian Anderson talks about how he was willing to redirect the band's sound to accommodate Iommi's unique playing. But, after a month, Tony decided Jethro Tull was not for him and he returned to Earth, which would soon change their name to Black Sabbath.

Jethro Tull Shares Animated Video For “Aqualung” [Watch]

Jethro Tull continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1971 Aqualung studio album this year. On Friday, the famous prog-rock band fronted by Ian Anderson released a new animated video for the album’s well-known title track, which sticks close to Burton Silverman‘s darker watercolor art seen on the album cover.

Jethro Tull Releases New Video For 50th Anniversary Of ‘Aqualung’

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album Aqualung, the band has released a new rotoscope animated video of its title track. Directed by Sam Chegini, it features frontman Ian Anderson making a cameo. The clip touched on the devastating and heartbreaking effects of homelessness. Anderson...
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Jethro Tull Release New Animated Music Video for ‘Aqualung’

Jethro Tull has released a new animated video for their 1971 classic, “Aqualung.”. The video was directed by Sam Chegini and begins with the famous illustration of the old man on the Aqualung album cover before expanding into a stark and often devastating meditation on homelessness, from those living on city streets to refugees displaced around the world. Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson also makes a cameo in the clip, appearing via the rotoscope animation effect.

Jethro Tull In The Studio For 'Aqualung' 50th Anniversary

The 50th anniversary of Jethro Tull's Aqualung album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show's host Redbeard had this to say "In his first letter to the Christians at the church in Corinth, the Apostle...
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How Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull Helped Make ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

Eric Idle has revealed how much money rock bands and record labels contributed to financing Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which came out in 1975. According to a tweet, Led Zeppelin contributed £31,500, Pink Floyd Music ponied up £21,000, and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson put in £6,300 of his own money. Adjusting for inflation, that means that Led Zeppelin’s 1974 investment was equal to almost £336,000 in today’s money, Pink Floyd’s was about £224,000, and Anderson’s was worth approximately £67,000.

Jethro Tull sets ‘A’ 40th anniversary reissue

3 CD/3 DVD anniversary collection expands the group’s 1980 album. Jethro Tull is marking the 40th anniversary of ‘A’ (A La Mode) with a 3 CD/3 DVD box set on April 16th. The new edition expands the group’s 1980 album with Steven Wilson’s newly remixed version of the original, plus unreleased studio and live recordings, along with a remixed version of The Slipstream video collection.

Jethro Tull 40th Anniversary Collection of ‘A’

For this new Jethro Tull collection, the album has been expanded with five unreleased tracks from the recording sessions, including a different take of the single “Working John, Working Joe,” an extended version of “Crossfire” and the outtake “Coruisk.” The 40th anniversary set also includes a live recording from November 1980 of the band’s full concert at the LA Sports Arena. The performance mixed new A tracks (“Black Sunday,” “Batteries Not Included” and “Uniform”) with older hits, like “Aqualung,” “Heavy Horses” and “Songs From The Wood.” A few of these live tracks first appeared in 1981 on Slipstream, a video collection originally released on VHS and Laserdisc. The full Slipstream video, which made its DVD debut in 2004, is also included in this anniversary edition. Here, the content has been newly remixed by Steven Wilson.
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What is 'Penguin Bloom' star Andrew Lincoln's connection to rock band Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson?

It is a common occurrence for celebrities to be linked with rock bands. Be it actors who are major aficionados or those who actually jam with bands, there have always been celebrities who share bonds with musicians. Andrew Lincoln is one of them. The charismatic English actor will next be seen in 'Penguin Bloom' alongside Naomi Watts and ahead of the film, he's garnering headlines for his big-screen flick.