Ian Anderson's HOMO ERRATICUS In Stores Today
Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has released a new studio album Homo Erraticus today, April 15 on Ian's own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.
Ian and his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) will be touring the United States this September through November. In addition Warner is re-releasing A PASSION PLAY; stay tuned for a release date.
In 1972 Ian's band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by the then eight year old Gerald Bostock in 2012. As many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald's life might have taken in his 2012 album, Thick As A Brick 2.
Following a forty year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks Gerald's return to songwriting, and is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).
In Homo Erraticus, Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.
The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.
Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.
Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.
CONFIRMED IAN ANDERSON TOUR DATES
(please visit http://jethrotull.com/tour-dates/ for updates)
9/12/14 Seattle WA McCaw Hall
9/13/14 Goldendale WA Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15/14 Redding CA Cascade Theater
9/17/14 Oakland CA Fox Theater
9/18/14 Costa Mesa CA Segerstrom Hall
9/19/14 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater
9/20/14 Mesa AZ Mesa Arts Center
9/21/14 Albuquerque NMKiva Auditorium
9/23/14 Dallas TX Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24/14 Midland TX Wagner Noel PAC
9/26/14 Austin TX Austin City Limits
9/28/14 Stafford TX Stafford PAC
9/30/14 Atlanta GA Symphony Hall
10/1/14 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
10/3/14 Charlotte NC Blumenthal PAC
10/4/14 Durham NC Durham PAC
10/16/14 Naperville IL Pfeiffer Hall
10/17/14 Springfield IL Sangamon Auditorium
10/18/14 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theater
10/23/14 Elizabeth IN Horshoe Casino
10/25/14 Greensburg PA The Palace Theatre
10/26/14 Bethlehem PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28/14 Burlington VT Flynn Center
10/29/14 Providence RI Providence PAC
10/30/14 Ridgefield CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1/14 Lynn MA Lynn Auditorium
11/2/14 Albany NY Palace Theatre
11/4/14 Buffalo NY Center For the Arts
11/6/14 Washington DC Lincoln Theater
11/7/14 Atlantic City NJ Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8/14 Huntington NY The Paramount
11/9/14 Red Bank NJ Count Basie Theater
11/10/14 Montclair NJ Wellmont Theatre