With his new solo album, "Homo Erraticus," due out April 15, Ian Anderson is fessing up to the fact that he has put Jethro Tull to rest.
In an "introduction" he wrote for the album, Anderson notes that, "The huge body of work that is the Jethro Tull catalogue stands firm close beside me and in good stead...But I think I prefer, in my twilight years, to use my own name for the most part being composer of virtually all Tull songs and music since 1968."
And in a recent conversation, Anderson confirmed to us that Jethro Tull, as a moniker, is and will likely remain dormant even though all the members of his own band have logged some time as part of the Tull roster:
"Nothing is going on at all; that's the whole 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. 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."
"The Jethro Tull Christmas Album" came out in 2003, while the group's last collection of songs, "J-Tull Dot Com," was released during 1999. Anderson will be touring to support "Homo Erraticus" starting May 28 in the U.K., with a North American leg currently starting September 17 in Oakland, Calif.