Sunday, 17 July 2011

Tullians

 To Asti to see Jethro Tull in concert. Ian Anderson is 64 and still does that one-legged flute solo thing. I read later that he is a millionaire. Not surprised frankly at €35 a ticket for a 90 minute open-air concert. Still the venue was pleasant, next to Asti's cathedral and it was interesting to feel one's ribcage and teeth vibrate to a bass line coming from a serious speaker some ten yards away. Aqualung was one of the first LPs I bought I think.
Jethro Tull is huge in Italy. There is even a fan club called The Tullians who follow them everywhere, superannuated old, skinny hippies with black headscarves, serious earrings and out-of-it eyes. When I was at St Custard's I packed in the violin and asked if I could learn to play the clarinet. The skool orchestra was without a flautist however so the (oddly) heterosexual music master cajoled me into taking up the damn thing. Dreadful instrument, nearly as useless as the harp. Anderson plays it very well however, I'll give him that. I think I'd have been much happier with the clarinet. Ah, all those lost opportunities.

6 comments:

ChrisP said...

I met a former Jethro Tull keyboard player once at a party. He had changed sex. All the women were complaining that he spent most of the time discussing frocks and makeup. "Like all transsexuals, they didn't spend their teenage years learning about them so they get very boring about it now," was the prevailing view.

Peter Ashley said...

So what were they like? Their Broadsword & Beastie album is one of my favourites. And Tull once had a band member called Martin Glasscock, who Mr.Anderson would introduce as 'Brittleprick'.

Affer said...

Was Norma St John Scott there, playing the pink oboe?

Vinogirl said...

Guilty of being a Tullian...'Solstice Bells' one of my all time top five favourite songs.

Wartime Housewife said...

35 euro seems rather reasonable to me...

Peter Ashley said...

Oh Vinogirl. Solstice Bells is my favourite Christmas song.