LIVE: Ian Anderson @ the Palace Theatre, 11/2/14

Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

At Albany’s Palace Theatre, the first hour or so of the concert was an audio-visual event with some theatrical props embellishing the songs, past and present. Most of the songs featured were from Ian Anderson’s new album, Homo Erraticus, but the set closed out with a couple of seasoned nuggets from the rich Jethro Tull catalog, for example, a brilliant, full-length rendition of “Thick as a Brick.”

The second set did away with the stage props and presented the classic Tull music front and center. Anderson was full of vim and vinegar jumping around all over the stage with his flute. The second vocalist, Ryan O’Donnell, shared vocal duties with Anderson, sounding a lot like him in tone and inflections, but while O’Donnell added his vocals to some well-known numbers from the Jethro Tull cannon, Anderson feverishly played his flute behind him at those times only to bring down the flute from his lips and sing at decisive moments of the song-at-hand’s structure.

There was no doubt who the lead vocalist was – it was Ian Anderson, who at 67, was laying down the Jethro Tull sound song-for-song in all the group’s glory.

Ian Anderson (vocals, flute)
Florian Ophale (guitar)
David Goodier (bass)
John O’Hara (keyboards)
Scott Hammond (drums)
Ryan O’Donnell (vocals)

Enter the Uninvited
Puer Ferox Adventus
The Engineer
Tripudium Ad Bellum
The Browning of the Green
Cold Dead Reckoning
Bourée (Jethro Tull)
Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull)
Living in the Past (Jethro Tull)
With You There to Help Me (Jethro Tull)
Sweet Dream (Jethro Tull)
Teacher (Jethro Tull)
Critique Oblique (Jethro Tull)
Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young to Die (Jethro Tull)
Songs from the Wood (Jethro Tull)
Farm on the Freeway (Jethro Tull)
Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

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