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Ian Anderson brings Thick As A Brick tour to Royal Albert Hall

Ian Anderson

Story by Jack Foley

IAN Anderson is to play a special one-off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of his Thick As A Brick tour.

The date, on June 30, 2013, marks a return ‘home’ to the prestigious venue after 41 years since it was first performed there.

It forms part of an extensive world tour taking the Jethro Tull icon to Europe, USA, Japan and South America. And it will be the only production Thick As A Brick UK date in 2013 so tickets are expected to go fast.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1 at 9am and are priced at £30 and £35 for Circle, £42.50 Front Circle, £47.50 for Arena floor, stalls and second tier and £55 for Boxes. There are 30 special VIP Arena Floor tickets available at £150 each. Visit or call the box office on 0207 589 8212.

Anderson commented: “So – bugger me, but it’s back to the Albert for a recreation of the 1972 performance. If only Victoria could be there too. She might have rather liked it. In a funny sort of way.

“I might try to get a few guests in too if they are not washing their hair. But I will have shampoo at the ready and a hot Fray Bentos pie at backstage catering. That might do it. At least I get to sleep in my own bed afterwards. Hope to see you there. Bostock rools. Kiss, kiss.”

The ‘Thick as a Brick’ show is a two part Prog bonanza where Anderson and his band will be performing his Jethro Tull 1972 classic in its entirety, followed by recent material from its 2012 sequel.

Both albums will be performed as recorded, seamless 55 minutes long tracks with a 20 minute intermission.

Video projections and theatrical elements will offer a sumptuous background for this unforgettable milestone in the history of rock.