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Ian Anderson @ Massey Hall – Toronto Live Review

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Ian Anderson Berlin 2012, courtesy Live Nation

Ian Anderson @ Massey Hall – Toronto Live Review

Who: Ian Anderson
From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Where: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
When: Friday, October 18th, 2013

Total Score: 8.6/10

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Crowd: Easily a sold out show. Not the most loyal crowd though, many people in the audience left the show after the charismatic flutist finished playing Thick As A Brick. It is a shame they didn’t stay for Thick As A Brick, Part 2 (Ian’s latest album) as the remaining  fans were pleased to find that Part 2 measures up very well against the original one. Younger people were hard to find even though I spotted Blood Ceremony‘s Alia Obrien and had a nice chat with her.

Style: Progressive rock tinged with folk

Image/Sex Appeal: The man who spent most of 70’s dancing around on stage in a codpiece and tights (you really could get away with wearing anything if you were in a band in that decade) has toned it down a bit.

Memorable song: The uber-talented hub around which Jethro Tull has always revolved is back! Although Aqualung remains Jethro Tull‘s biggest selling  record, Thick As A Brick went to number 1 in the USA while the band’s popularity was dipping in the UK.  Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson performed Thick as a Brick 1 & 2 , deliberate concept albums with only one track  each making  up the full length of the record. The man from the woods alternated between a guitar and flute (the instrument that is almost a natural part of him). However, he didn’t dance as much which is understandable for a man his age. The same thing could be said about his voice, but Ryan O’Donnell was there to help as many of vocals on these songs employ a high vocal range with long, sustained notes that are beyond Anderon’s current vocal capabilities.

Ian Anderson was joined by Florian Opahle on electric guitar; John O’Hara on keyboards; Ryan O’Donnel on vocals; David Goodier on bass; and Scott Hammond on percussion.