Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays “Thick as a Brick 1 & 2” Live at The Smith Center on Friday, July 5

Smith CenterDanny Zelisko

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson
Plays “Thick as a Brick 1 & 2”
Live at The Smith Center on Friday, July 5

Tickets for one night engagement on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Danny Zelisko Presents Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays “Thick as a Brick 1 & 2” live at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts  on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this special live concert event go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Ian Anderson will be performing both his composition “Thick as a Brick” in its entirety for the first time since 1972, and his new album, “Thick as a Brick 2” for a world tour, which began April 2012, in the U.K.

The tour features a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including 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. British singer Ryan O’Donnell, who has been active in the U.K. theatrical scene will also be singing.  Ian added the young performer as he wants to perform vocals and instrument parts as they appeared on the original “Thick as a Brick.”

Ian’s new album, “Thick as a Brick 2” 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.)

The album 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 U.S. Billboard Pop Albums charts. 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?”

Since 1972, the original “Thick as a Brick” has never been performed in its entirety although a few minutes of the material have been a regular repertoire staple in both Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson solo shows over the years.

After 45 years of leading Jethro Tull to 54 countries worldwide and more than 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates these true progressive rock classics with old and new fans across the world. 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.

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Tickets go on sale March 1 at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and online at For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.

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Mashable Gets Up Close and Personal With Peter, Bjorn & John

Music Monday: Peter, Bjorn & John Get Up Close and Personal in Mini
Documentary for New Album

“When Peter, Bjorn & John set out to create their newest album, Gimme Some, they decided to strip down to essentials, penning a disc that replicates the experience of attending one of the band’s live shows. The first few shows at which they tested out said material were captured by directors Jamie Margolin and Dezi Catarino in the video featured above for your viewing pleasure.”

To check out the full feature and watch Peter, Bjorn & John’s mini documentary:

Peter, Bjorn & John will be kicking off their headlining US tour April 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA in support of their new album Gimme Some, out now on StarTime International. Tickets are going fast, with NYC, LA, and Chicago shows already sold out, so get your tickets now!

Confirmed Tour Dates

28th – Masquerade (Heaven Stage), Atlanta, GA
29th – Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC
30th – 9:30 Club,Washington, DC

1st – Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2nd – Bowery Ballroom *TWO SHOWS, New York, NY *BOTH SOLD OUT
3rd – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY *SOLD OUT
5th – Paradise, Boston, MA
6th – Lee’s Place, Toronto, ON *SOLD OUT
7th – Lincoln Hall *TWO SHOWS, Chicago, IL
10th – Neumos,Seattle, WA
11th – Venue, Vancouver, BC
12th – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
13th – GreatAmerican Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
14th – El Rey Theatre *TWO SHOWS, Los Angeles, CA *FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT

1st – Atones, Austin, TX
2nd – Granada Theater, Dallas TX
3rd – 7th Annual KJEE Summer Round Up, Santa Barbara, CA
4th – Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
5th – FM949 Independence Jam 2011, San Diego, CA