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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson to Release 'Thick As A Brick 2’

Following the recent announcement of a 19-date tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick, Ian Anderson will release a sequel to the original album.

In 1972, Anderson wrote and recorded Thick As A Brick. At the time, the lyrics were credited to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock. So, 40 years later, what would Bostock -– who'd be 50-ish in 2012 -– be doing today?

The new album will examine the different paths Bostock might have taken later in life through alter-ego characters with song-section identities illustrating the varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity.

Says Anderson of the new album:

“As we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, we must often feel an occasional ‘what-if’ moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out, shopkeeper or finance tycoon? And those of more tender years -- the social media and internet generation -- may choose to ponder well the myriad of chance possibilities ahead of them at every turn ... .”

For the first time since 1972, Anderson, with John O’Hara (keyboards), David Goodier (bass), Florian Opahle (guitar) and Scott Hammond (drums), will hit the road to perform the album in its entirety. There will be a second part to the show during which Anderson and the band will perform the sequel.

Thick As A Brick 2 tracklisting:

  • 1. From A Pebble Thrown
  • 2. Pebbles Instrumental
  • 3. Might-have-beens
  • 4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark
  • 5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins
  • 6. Swing It Far
  • 7. Adrift And Dumfounded
  • 8. Old School Song
  • 9. Wootton Bassett Town
  • 10. Power And Spirit
  • 11. Give Till It Hurts
  • 12. Cosy Corner
  • 13. Shunt And Shuffle
  • 14. A Change Of Horses
  • 15. Confessional
  • 16. Kismet In Suburbia
  • 17. What-ifs, Maybes And Might-have-beens

Thick As A Brick 2 will be released as a standard jewel case CD and download and in a 2-disc package with DVD featuring 5.1 stereo mixes, 24-bit stereo mix, video of the making of the album, interviews with the musicians and Anderson reading the lyrics in various locations.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.