Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson releases his third solo album, "Homo Erraticus," today (April 15). The 15-song conceptual set is another "collaboration" with the fictional Gerald Bostock, who Anderson introduced on 1972's "Thick as a Brick" and returned to for 2012's "Thick as a Brick 2."
Anderson says he doesn't feel "Homo Erraticus" is connected to the two "Thick" albums; "(Bostock) is a bit of continuity, but it's not part three of a trilogy," he notes. The album's songs examine British history past and present along with some visions for the future, something Anderson says he became interested in later on in life:
"Over many years I've absorbed bits of ancient history and a bit of contemporary history, and it's not a subject that particularly is close to my heart from childhood because at school we only had two years of history because we were cramming subjects like math and science and physics and chemistry...We had three in succession, three dreadful history teachers who were appalling at their trade - dreadful teachers, dreadful people. they shouldn't have been allowed to teach young boys in a grammar school. So that really put me off most aspects of the history that we were being taught...In my 30s I started to read more and hear more, not in a very diligent way, but you start to pick up on things with opinion and scientific investigation developing along the way we get to revamp history."
Anderson and his current band -- all of whom have served tenures as part of Jethro Tull -- hit the road to promote "Homo Erraticus" starting April 28 in U.K., with European dates into August and U.S. shows beginning September 17 in Oakland, Calif. He plans to play the new album in its entirety during the trek.