Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has announced the imminent release of new studio album Homo Erraticus. The record will be out on 14th April on the artist’s own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope, to coincide with Anderson’s 2014 UK tour.
In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real.
Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).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..
Full dates are:
Date City Venue Box Office Ticket Prices
28th Brighton Dome 01273 709 709 £26 + £30
29th Southampton O2 Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £26 + £30
01st Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434 £26 + £30
02nd Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £26 + £30
03rd Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0600 £27.50 + £32.50
04th Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020 £28 + £32
06th Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500 £28 + £32
07th High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £28 + £32
08th Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28 + £32
09th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 £26 + £30
10th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433 100 £26 + £30
11th Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 £26 + £30
13th Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800 £26 + £30
14th Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 3019 £28 + £32
15th York Royal Opera House 0844 871 3024 £28 + £32
16th Gateshead Sage Theatre 0191 443 4661 £26 + £30
18th Edinburgh Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 £26 + £30
19th Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £26 + £30
20th Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 632 080 £26 + £30
21st Inverness Eden Court 01463 234 234 £26 + £30
24th London 02 Shepherds Bush 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
25th London 02 Shepherds Bush 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
Tickets – online booking: www.gigantic.com/artist/ian-anderson or from venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.
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 as a solo artist, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and he’s recognised as the one who introduced the flute to rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Tull have been characterised by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures, created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In his most recent solo shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the genre.