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Jethro Tull still plough a great tune in 2010

PUBLISHED: 15:47 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 August 2010

MORE than 40 years down the line, blues band Jethro Tull is still going strong, writes Nick Hitchens. Speaking to Times Out ahead of their latest tour, frontman and flautist Ian Anderson is determined not to replace his instrument with a golf club or fis

MORE than 40 years down the line, blues band Jethro Tull is still going strong, writes Nick Hitchens.

Speaking to Times Out ahead of their latest tour, frontman and flautist Ian Anderson is determined not to replace his instrument with a golf club or fishing rod.

He said: "We keep going, keep active. As soon as you stop touring and producing more work you slow down and start looking at playing golf and fishing.

"I'm certainly not ready for that."

The group, who have produced more than 30 albums and racked up 50 million sales, is appearing at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on March 19.

Anderson, one of only two of the original members, said audiences could expect an eclectic mix of classics lesser known tunes and be treated to a selection of yet to be recorded new material.

"The line-up does vary from the start of the tour to the finish. You tailor it to whether it is an indoor venue or outdoors, standing or sitting. You don't want the same set list for a small seated concert hall and an open air arena," he said.

Formed at the end of the '60s Jethro Tull made a name for themselves producing music inspired by blues and jazz.

Over the years, leading to their peak in the mid-'70s, their sound changed to incorporate folk, classical and rock influences.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the make-up of the band has changed over the past four decade, but Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre remain, joined by Doane Perry, veteran Tull drummer of some 24 years experience, John O'Hara on piano and accordion and David Goodier on bass guitar.

Joining the group on a tour which begins in the UK before moving on to Scandinavia, North America, Greece and Israel, is French artists Saori Jo.

"We met in Germany last year and we'll be jumping on stage to perform with them on a couple of occasions," said Anderson.

* Tickets for the show, cost £25.50 and £28.50. To book tickets, call 020 8688 9291.

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