Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK)

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Ian Anderson's JETHRO TULL

Date: 02nd March, 2018
Venue: Docken
Tickets: 495-1295DKK (€65-€172 / $80-$211)
Promoter: CityConcerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


There was definitely a higher pressure the second night at Docken. The evening before the place was occupied by SLADE and SWEET. And as these events were the first from the City Concert promoter, they were really aiming high from the start. And success was at their side. Pointed out from the night before, the sound was immaculate and there was no difference this night.

The crowd basically looked the same too but last night’s party-mood had been exchanged for a far more serious atmosphere. And by all means, there are a lot of things going on in JETHRO TULL’s music and all whims and vapors from Ian Anderson full attention was needed to keep up. That was actually the first thing that struck me, how explosive he still is with his moves and with the energy he performs. He’s a remarkable man still, 50 years into his career and well over 70 by now. Three songs into the set came “A Song For Jeffrey” which drew a massive cheer from the else very polite crowd. The song is fantastic and the band sounded amazing as well. This class of musicians is always a pleasure to see and to do so in a fairly small hall as Docken felt very privileged.

JETHRO TULL have been spinning at home frequently the last few years but I wouldn’t call myself an expert. Still, I knew all songs in the set quite well and if that says it was predictable it’s not for me to say. No matter what, I enjoyed it all. It was an evening of JETHRO TULL songs though and listed as IAN ANDERSON’S JETHRO TULL. I really don’t care which moniker the tour went by, I was just thrilled to get to hear these songs live. “Cross-Eyed Mary” I know really well but from other reasons than listening to JETHRO TULL. I think that was the first song I ever heard from the band as it was released as a B-side on IRON MAIDEN’s “The Trooper” single back in the '80s. This song ended the first set of the show.

As at any fancy concert there normally is a short break in the middle. It felt odd for a Rock show but it allowed people to refill as the bar closed during gig-time. As promised, the band was back on stage after 15 minutes for a second round. And it was clear people had been waiting for many of these songs. A piece of “Thick As A Brick” started off the second set to everyone’s delight and was followed “A Passion Play”. It’s known and also admitted by Ian himself that his vocal abilities aren’t the same as they used to be. And yes, he sounded rather raw on occasion and his tone was incompressible but in general this didn’t matter. What he does with it works, he makes use of what he has and is backed up by the rest of his band and especially by bassist David Goodier who completed the sound in a very good way. That’s why “Heavy Horses” came as a surprise with a massive backtrack and big parts sung by a woman. I failed to see who it was on the screen as I didn’t have the best view over the stage from by position at far left from the stage. It of course sounded really good but I still think these kinds of ventures kills the live feeling somewhat.

What was really cool with this show though despite it was pre-recorded, was the celebration wishes recorded by celebrities wising JETHRO TULL all the best for their 50-year long career and at the same time pointing out their favorite song. Musicians such as Joe Bonamassa, Tony Iommi, Steve Harris (he didn’t request “Cross-Eyed Mary” though, but “A Passion Play”) and Joe Elliot among others showed up. For “Aqualung”, Slash showed up and declared it was one of the best rock songs ever, I’m bound to agree with him here. The fun thing with this one was that a part of the crowd only knew this song, mainly youngsters who started screaming their lungs out for it but their excitement dimmed quite quickly. In a way, I love it when you clearly hear it’s a live version of a song but I do think it was a little too much ad-libbing from Ian here. Most of the fantastic melodies and groove were lost. With that said, I’m not complaining at all by the performance of neither Ian nor the band. These were fantastic two hours and topped with “Locomotive Breath” as the encore it was close to perfect.

JETHRO TULL setlist:

Part 1

01. “My Sunday Feeling”
02. “Back To The Family”
03. “A Song For Jeffrey”
04. “Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You”
05. “Dharma For One”
06. “Living In The Past”
07. “A New Day Yesterday”
08. “Bourrée In E minor” (Johann Sebastian Bach cover)
09. “The Witch's Promise”
10. “My God”
11. “Cross-Eyed Mary”

Part 2:

01. “Thick As A Brick”
02. “A Passion Play”
03. “Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die”
04. “Songs From The Wood”
05. “Ring Out, Solstice Bells”
06. “Heavy Horses”
07. “Farm On The Freeway”
08. “Aqualung”
09. “Locomotive Breath”

Ian Anderson's JETHRO TULL

Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull @ Docken, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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