The Tull's Ian Anderson and Martin Barre
Jethro Tull gig in Malvern
By Andy Tector
Andy Tector remembers Jethro Tull testing out A Passion Play in Malvern before taking it to Wembley...
I used to go to the gigs at the Winter Gardens during the early 70s.
I saw plenty of bands like the Strawbs, Argent, Wishbone Ash, Curved Air, Wizard and Status Quo (a somewhat eclectic list!!).
My recollection of the Jethro Tull gig was that it was done at really short notice, and tickets went on sale just days before the 22nd.
The concert was probably the first live UK performance of "A Passion Play".
Rumour has it that Jethro Tull had a commitment to play a concert at Malvern and chose to do a date just prior to a series of gigs at Wembley in June, where they were about to perform A Passion Play.
The Malvern gig provided an opportunity to practice the set, and at the beginning of the it was a heart beat and flashing white light, developing into other projected images which went on for an eternity.
The beginning of A Passion Play was eventually quite dramatic but was not really a good listen.
Better Malvern gig
Many people at the Malvern gig had tickets for Wembley and said the Malvern gig was much better than the concerts in London - a view borne out by the reviews in the Music Press who slated the Wembley performances.
The second half of the gig was better known Jethro Tull's tracks, including an awesome rendition of Locomotive Breath, which I can still vividly remember 35 years later.
last updated: 07/04/2008 at 15:09