Ian Anderson: 'Jethro Tull Kind of Came to an End'

Frontman not planning to work under the Tull moniker anymore.

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Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson recently confirmed having no intention of releasing new material under the Tull moniker, in a way announcing the band's end.

Telling Billboard how "nothing is going on at all" with the band these days, Anderson explained: "And that's the point. To me, Jethro Tull is... the vast body of repertoire that's Jethro Tull, the record catalog, the music, and I think that, if we look back on it, it kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so [with] a couple of live albums and a studio album of Christmas material.

"That might define the last albums under the name Jethro Tull," he continued. "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume. And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

Ian then noted that touring and recording under his own name has allowed him to shed some of the guilt he's been feeling since 1968 when a booking agency named the band Jethro Tull.

"If you'd asked me 20 years ago did I regret anything about my musical career, my answer then, as it is today, has always been the name of the band," he said. "I can't help but feel more and more as I get older that I'm guilty of identity theft and I ought to go to prison for it, really."

Anderson's new album, the third part of "Thick as a Brick" story titled "Homo Erraticus" is out today (April 15).

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    he's still a hell of a preformer. i took my dad to see him not too long ago. he may not have the pipes he used to have but that man can sure play the flute.
    this here, saw them a few years back, unbelievable, Ian is the freaking EVH of the flute, absolutely killed it.
    Well, they haven't put anything out since 2003, so I guess this announcement makes very little difference. As long as Ian keeps releasing some albums every now and then, I'll be fine.
    How do you let a booking agency name your band? Then not change it if you hate it! Weird.