Ian Anderson - Ian Anderson Prefers To Pursue Solo Career Instead Of Reunite Jethro Tull
British rocker Ian Anderson has no plans to reunite with his Jethro Tull bandmates following their 2011 hiatus, insisting he prefers to focus on his solo career.
The progressive rock group experienced its heyday in the 1970s and '80s and has not released any new material since 2003's The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.
Instead, Anderson has been performing Jethro Tull tunes on his own since completing the band's Aqualung 40th Tour in 2011 and in the liner notes for his new project Homo Erraticus, he admits he is keen to just continue on as a solo star.
He writes, "The huge body of work that is the Jethro Tull catalogue stands firm close beside me and in good stead... But I think I prefer, in my twilight years, to use my own name for the most part being composer of virtually all Tull songs and music since 1968."
Confirming the news in an interview with Billboard.com, he claims "nothing is going on at all" with the band now, and adds, "And that's the point...
"The vast body of repertoire that's Jethro Tull, the record catalogue, the music, and I think that, if we look back on it, it kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so (with) a couple of live albums and a studio album of Christmas material. That might define the last albums under the name Jethro Tull.
"It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume. And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."