Jethro Tull celebrates 50 years at the Mann
Always a great showman, Ian Anderson upped the ante of his once-innovative “Tullavision,” a closed-circuit video system this time with a well-synchronized and artful rear projection display that let the band play along with youthful versions of themselves and their predecessors, as well as with ringers like Icelandic singer-fiddler Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir and actor/musician Ryan O’Donnell — who hit all the high notes on “Aqualung,” now beyond Anderson’s reach. The front man also had keyboardist John O’Hara and bass player David Goodier handle some of the high harmony notes, on songs the studio-obsessive Anderson originally overdubbed himself. But Anderson’s odd (for rock) baritone voice is so distinctive he can’t really have others sing in unison with him as cover-ups, he recently shared in a chat, as contemporaries like Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney often do.
Published at Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:03:36 +0000