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||Will you ever consider recording
with the other band members present in the studio with you
||Aside from the departures from the Tull
lineup with the arrival of the 1980's, why did Tull decide
to basically abandon the folk sound for the favor of synthesizers
||In a few songs, wine is mentioned. I've
noticed white wine more often than red. A personal preference
or does it just work better lyrically ?
||Considering the albums from "Aqualung" through
to "Songs from the Wood" and approaching the subject
matter - how would the changed (changing?) times effect your
approach to these subject areas now as opposed to then and
how would you overcome the challenges presented by the present
times in addressing these subjects (whether from religion to
||Have you ever thought of just doing a "rarities" type
of tour, where you skip playing the usual songs like Aqualung/Loco
and play things you normally don't?
||Are you now playing the type of music your
once younger self imagined you would create ?
||Is there any chance in the near future that
we could be hearing 'Reasons for Waiting', 'Fire at Midnight,'
'Summerday Sands,' 'Slow Marching Band,' or 'Cold Wind to Valhalla'
in the setlist live, perhaps on the next tour?
||With the success of The Osbornes on MTV,what
are the chances you, Shona, kids, and cats might score your
own family "reality" show: The Andersons? Could be
big on Animal Planet...
||Over the early years of your career you've
shared with us your carnal side: snot running down a nose,
willie kissing,late-night roll-your-owns, feminine curse laments.
But the last few years have seen a more "mystically-minded
Ian" with quite a number of spiritual ideas expressed
in albums like Roots to Branches, Divinities, Rupi's Dance,
and even SLOB and Dot-Com (well, there was a penis on the cover
of that one). I like it all, because
I don't necessarily see carnal and spiritual as always being
mutually exclusive. And I'd love to hear you talk a bit about
the carnal and the spiritual in your life. Are you in a state
||Your opinion on the recording industry lawsuits
on downloaded internet songs?
||Have you ever journeyed to Key West and
visited Hemmingway's abode to see his polydactyl cats?
||Do you ever consider how you'd like to mark
Tull's swansong when the time comes?
||It is obvious that you and Jeffrey were
and are very close friends. I would like to know how Jeffrey
inspired and effected your views on art, music, life, etc.
||Did the "proper" flute playing
technique lend itself to the direction of your music, or is
that all a kind of happy coincidence? Also, why the decision
to use bamboo?
||Why do not Ian Anderson and Martin Barre,
together with others of your choosing, team up with Paul McCartney,
and write/produce some fantastic songs together ?
||Joseph T. Sustrik
||What was this song about -- "When Jesus
Came to Play” ?
||What do you think the Ian Anderson who had
just recorded the "This Was" album, would have thought
if you gave him the opportunity to listen to "Rupi's Dance" or "The
||If you were to write an album where from
the get-go you knew it would never have to be performed live,
what sort of music might we hear? Would you write it in the
keys you used to use pre-1984?
||The 'electric' Tull albums ("A", "Broadsword",
etc.) seem to have a love-em-or-hate-em reputation amongst
fans. What is your opinion of the works after a couple decades
have passed, and what did you take away from that era, musically?
||Could you please tell me, who are your heros,
who do you look up to and, why. They may not necessarily be
||Could fans hear a web broadcast of the following
recorded but unreleased songs ? "Dinosaur," "DJ," the
instrumental "End Game,"
"8.40 from nowhere." If recorded, Andy Giddings' "Parrot," also
known as 'Clint Eastwood the song with no name'
||Several of your songs seem to refer to real-life
incidents. I was hoping you might share the events that form
the background to "Wind-Up" and "Big Riff and
Mando," in particular.
||Erik van Rijn
||I did take notice at "Rubbling Elbows" (being
a bit below you and in the second row) of your shoes. They
were right spiffy and I was wondering what kind they were so
I could get myself a pair.
|| If you could be any kind of cat, what kind
of a cat would you be and would you like to see some pictures
of my new kitten, Gordie?
||I would like to see you add to the format
to include more about your interests and see some multimedia
tributes to Jethro Tull. It would be fun to have you reminisce
about life on the road with Jethro Tull band members you have
become friends with over the years. A mini This Is Your Life,
combined with your quick, rapier wit.
||How would you equate your obvious love and
concern for the animal kingdom with having made a lucrative
nest-egg from slaughter and, in the past, supporting others
in hunting for sport? Where do you stand on blood sports and,
in particular, fox hunting and The Countryside Alliance?
||Many musicians feel compelled to write and
sing about their individual causes or the social ramifications
of politicians, for instance, Sting and Bono. How do you feel
about a musician's role and responsibility to bring political
and global awareness to the listeners?
||As I listen to the New Tull Christmas CD
I realize that through the years you have shown concern for
the homeless and less fortunate. I wonder if the band or you
yourself do any work in this area?
||Recently Elton John signed a contract to
become the resident musical act in Vegas. Other bands, like
the country band Alabama, set up a theatre of their own where
that's the only place they ever play. Do you think there would
ever come a day when Tull would consider such an arrangement?
||I have heard it, Robert Plant once made
off with your long, wool coat. Can this story be true?
||Have you ever been approached to do a creative
project in the interactive CD medium ?
||You seem to have grasped, or at least been
exposed to, a lot of Eastern philosophy at a relatively young
age. Were there any particular experiences, books, lectures,
etc. that started you down this path?
||My brother Will and I would like to what
are your "mom's jam sarnies."
||Given the opportunity to have lunch or hang
out with any historical figure living or deceased, who would
||Can you tell us how Elizabethan music has
played a part in your music?
||What lullabies did you sing to your children?
Were they your own songs? What was the first instrument you
suggested your children play when they expressed an interest?
Lastly, what was your favorite story to read to them?
||Has Jonathan Noyce some Italian background?
He travels to Italy and learns italian a lot, so what could
you say more about Jonathan's connections with this country?
||What is a snipe bog?
||What is the story behind this indian girl
picture sticked to Andy Giddings' keyboards before Jethro Tull
||You have just discovered Aladdin's Lamp.
The Genie has granted you 3 wishes. What would they be?
||Are these nice pictures in 'Rupi's Dance'
booklet, shots on carpets from your home in England?
||Can you briefly give your opinion of downloading
copyrighted music over the internet and the efficacy of the
recent prosecution of individuals in the US. ?
||I know... the pepper growing question is
getting quite redundant. It appears to be taking the place
of salmon questions. But... What I would like to know... what
do you DO with them after you grow them??? Do you have any
recipes you would pass along to us? Also, by the way, do you
||Would you be amenable to utilizing this
site to survey what songs your diehard fans would like to see/hear
||Do you listen to any classical music? If
so, which composers/pieces interest you?
||Is it true you have 15 loos in your home?
||How has being successful and wealthy changed
your song writing? Your early stuff was often written from
the viewpoint of the man in the street, but these days, you
can't have much in common with Joe Bloggs. Singing a blues
about which colour Porsche you want, ain't gonna cut it, so
how do you deal with that ?
||Do you enjoy the music of your peers and
contemporaries, or do you think of them as the competition?
I'm thinking of the likes of David Bowie, Roy Harper, John
Martyn, Robert Plant, King Crimson, Richard Thompson...
||What are your memories of this glorious
place? (Isle of Skye) I've been there many times and can't
understand why you would leave such a magical piece of land!
I'd stay forever if I could!
||Any sign of a new Tull album on the horizon.
I have been a fan since 1969 and have seen the band in concert
many times (uk only)and just love your music. Are you still
writing new material or is your solo career taken over?
||I have always had a question about the line
" ...the Monkeys seem willing to strike up the tune."
I have always thought that was a sly little reference to the Prefab four,
The Monkees, though I'm biased because I am a Monkees fan.
||When you introduce a song to the other musicians
in the band, do you feel it's beneficial to let the other members
know what you feel the song and lyrics are about so they can
construct their parts with that in mind?
||Have you ever considered doing what Santana
did by bringing your big name mainstream rock artist fans like
Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and Ritchie Sambora, among others,
into the studio to record with you solo or with Tull?
||What things about your career are you most
proud of and what would you like to go back and do differently?
||How could you define Tull fan?
||Has Tull been approached to help compose
music for any movie sound tracks, as opposed to existing Tull
tunes being used?
||How if at all has your friend Griminelli
influenced your flute playing? I saw you in Boston with the
girl from the Boston Symphony during Grim's Lament, it was
really interesting to see you with a classical flautist.
||What kind of cloth
are trousers, which you wear during Jethro Tull shows and
also backstage? They're not jeans, but perhaps also
not typical sport dress... Some fans think that they are
part of your pyjamas, but in my opinion they are looking
quite good and the most important thing - I suspect that
they're very comfortable.
||How about having a kitty cat meet and greet
with fellow feline lovers?
||How did you acquire an autographed Sean
Connery Walther PPK? When no one is listening to you secretly
||"Neither am I good nor bad..."
I like this line. It appears in "A Passion Play" as well as Rupi's
Dance (maybe not exactly but in meaning). Could you explain what it means