Jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson has been speaking with the Examiner about the band's experience performing on the Rolling Stones' "Rock and Roll Circus" TV program in 1968.
As Anderson notes, the performance was one which temporary Tull and future Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was somewhat embarrassed by:
"Yes. The Stones probably didn't realize they would be booking a band that was only 75 per cent complete. Tony was kind enough to make himself available to mime a pre-recorded backing track. I actually think Tony was quite embarrassed, because he really was not familiar with our music, and had to pretend he was playing slide guitar. He actually had his hat pulled down over his face so no one could see him. (Laughs.)"
Anderson also explained why, after years of touring under the Jethro Tull monicker, he is now going solo:
"I just felt that after all these years, I'd rather leave the name Jethro Tull in the annals of rock music history, where it belongs. The band hasn't performed together since 2011. It was time for me to leave that all behind. You know, when you're working on a new album, you want to pick some of the guys you like, the ones who have been key important members of Jethro Tull, but then it's difficult to decide where to start and where to finish. If I'd asked Martin to play on the album, but not Doane Perry who was a Jethro Tull drummer for 25 years, he would have probably been upset. Now when I go on tour, it's Ian Anderson and bunch of guys, but they're an important group of colleagues, and I try to give them their proper time to shine onstage."
Anderson's new album, titled "Homo Erraticus," is out now.