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Jethro Tull

City Hall, Newcastle

8 May 2008

Mostly Autumn!

So, my very first Jethro Tull gig opened with an acoustic version of Evergreen.

It got even better as members of them for Yellow Time and Caught in a Fold. Ian Anderson sounded fantastic on the latter in particular, almost as good as Mostly Autumn's previous flute player ;)

Tull left the stage for Bryan and Heather to wrap up with an unbelievable version of Heroes Never Die, just an acoustic guitar and two voices, best version I've ever heard! (and I've heard about 40...)

Heather and Bryan got a good crowd reception, and not just for the songs where Tull were on stage, and from the sizeable crowd around them in the foyer afterwards I think they probably made a lot of new fans.

Heather and Bryan also joined Jethro Tull for Locomotive Breath in the encore, Heather singing one of the verses.

 Jethro Tull played two hours of what seemed like basically a "greatest hits" set. Which was exactly what I wanted to hear at my first gig. The whole band was superb. Ian Anderson is a great front man, very charismatic and entertaining. I only hope I have that much energy when I'm old enough for a senior citizen's railcard! Martin Barre is brilliant. He tends to be so laid back in his playing that you forget how great a guitarist he really is...

And we got a drum solo! How cool is that?

Highlights: a bit predictable, I suppose, but Aqualung... Thick as a Brick... Bouree... oh, and Heroes Never Die. I know you're not really supposed to name the support band as a concert highlight, but I've never heard a support band that made me cry before.

Marvellous evening overall.

I think it might have been the best concert I've ever been to.

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