Jethro Tull- Amager Bio, København 9/12/07

From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)

This was the 2nd of two nights at Amager Bio (my friend’s Kaj and Susan went the first night). I had not planned to go and it had sold out long ago. Tickets are really expensive (500kr) but it is a very intimate setting and all sit down and no smoking. Not a bad seat in the place. It had been a few years since I have seen JT but this is hardly the real thing as Martin Barre is not even in the band anymore and a young 22 yr old German guitar player is replacing him. Anyway, we got nearly 2hrs of classic Jethro Tull as well as 2 new songs. Don Perry, a drummer from the past joined but I was not that familiar with the other players. None of them was in the band when I saw them back in 1989-1993 a few times. At least I don’t think. This was the most quiet rock concert I had ever been to. When Ian shook a Tambourine, no where near a microphone it was louder than the guitar! Good sound but way too low on the volume but luckily people was quiet and not talking. The version of Aqualung was really different to start and quite cool. The new instrumental songs were good as well. Ian’s voice is very thin and weak these days, sadly..but he has a great band and it is fun to hear all these excellent songs. Here was the set list:

Set I: Someday the Sun will shine for you, My Sunday Feeling, Living in the Past, Jack in the Green, The donkey and the Drum, Thick as a Brick (excerpt), Pastime in Good company, Mother Goose, Sweet Dream, Bouree
Set II: Nothing is easy, Birnam Wood, Aqualung, America, Back Instrumental, My God, Budapest, Locomotive Breath

Reviewed by Scott Heller

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