Ian Anderson Is Prog God 2013!
Prog Magazine is proud to announce that Ian Anderson is to be honoured with the Prog God Award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards. Anderson graces the cover of the next issue or Prog, on sale next Wednesday, August 21, with his most revealing interview ever.
The Prog God Award celebrates the innovators of rock. The people who have inspired generations and have carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.
On winning the award, Anderson commented, “The innocent voyage of restless souls: that’s prog rock. Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of pop and rock.
“It is, indeed, an honour to receive this illustrious Prog award and dwell in such lofty heights amongst the good and the great of the last forty-plus years. I remain very happy to inhabit the progressive rock world, as both performer and listener.
“And where else could a self-taught, mediocre but extremely loud flute player make a decent living? Not in country and western, I would suppose. But, hey: if the boots fit and the buckskin-fringed coyote crooner calls, then count me in cowboy! Brokeback Mountain could never sound sweeter.”
Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine says, “For 45 years Ian has been playing live, and I don’t think I have ever seen two shows the same! It doesn’t matter if its Jethro Tull or Ian on his own – its always magnificent, groundbreaking and captivating. Without him rock would be a very different and lesser place, so to announce him as our Prog God at the same time as he announces a UK tour seems hugely fitting.”
The 2013 Progressive Music Awards takes place on september 3 at Kew Gardens, with Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler as host.
Anderson has also announced a UK tour for 2014 to celebrate the release of his forthcoming solo album. Promising a fusion of folk, prog and metal, Anderson says: “After winning the Grammy for best Hard Rock/Metal album back in 1988, this seems like an opportunity to justify that strange and misplaced accolade with a new album to celebrate the more forceful, full-on rock credentials which are found in many of my songs over the last 45 years. It’s not an end to the acoustic and gentler moments but more of an emphasis on the louder aggressive flute style which marked me out from the earliest days of Jethro Tull.”
Following the great success of his current ‘Thick As A Brick’ tour – including a one-off performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall – tickets for the 2014 shows are expected to go fast when they go on sale on 4th September.
Full dates are:
Brighton Dome, April 28
Southampton Guildhall April29
Salisbury City Hall May 1Liverpool Philharmonic May 2
Birmingham Symphony Hall May 3
Oxford New Theatre May 4
Bristol Colston Hall May 6
High Wycombe May 7
Guildford G Live May 8
Cambridge Corn Exchange May 9
Ipswich Regent Theatre May 10
Leicester De Montfort Hall May 11
Derby Assembly Rooms May 13
Manchester Palace Theatre May 14
York Royal Opera House May15
Newcastle Sage Theatre May 16
Edinburgh Festival Theatre May 18
Perth Concert Hall May 19
Aberdeen Music Hall May 20
Inverness Eden Court May 21
London 02 Shepherds Bush EmpireMay 24/25
Tickets go on sale on 4th September at 9.00am online booking: www.gigantic.com/artist/ian-anderson or from venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.