Ian Anderson turns to Bostock for Homo Erraticus inspiration

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Jethro Tull fans get a chance to hear Ian Anderson’s new album, the weirdly titled prog rock thriller, Homo Erraticus, when the performer appears at Wycombe Swan on May 7.

HE launches on Monday ahead of a 22-date national tour that starts on May 1.

Anderson has taken the brave step of devoting the whole first half of the show to playing the new CD from beginning to end.

The second half will be devoted to the musician’s favourite Tull tracks.

In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock (and, as Tull fans know, Bostock is a fictional character created by Anderson).

Fast forward to 2012 and the prog rock pioneer has resurrected Bostock to explore the different paths his life might have taken, for Thick As A Brick 2.

With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for “real” (well, as real as you can get in the wonderful world of Tull strangeness).

His back-story has now evolved and can be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.

Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock is reunited with his creator, Anderson, taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows.

HE marks his return to song-writing, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future.

The characters through whose eyes the stories are told, include a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.

The Tull star recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations.

For more information and tour dates/ venues go to www.jethrotull.com

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