Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson says he’s against guitarists who have techs tune their instruments for them

Ian Anderson
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A number of roles fall under the responsibility of a roadie, such as carrying electric guitars, acoustic guitars, guitar amps and other gear to a live venue, unpacking it all and setting it up ready for a guitarist to play through. Some ad hoc housekeeping duties, such as string changes, are also commonplace.

However, it turns out Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson simply can’t get behind a roadie’s role as an all-round guitar handler – instead, he “just cannot conceive” of somebody tuning his guitar, let alone changing his guitar strings.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.