‘If you don’t like it, get up and leave’: Please don’t shout out requests to Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

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Ian Anderson’s just-completed summer U.S. tour featured complete readings of Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick, and his solo sequel Thick As a Brick 2.

Not that a few people didn’t yell out requests anyway.

Anderson, ever the gentleman, tells Cincinnati’s City Beat that he unfailingly ignored them, as is his usual practice.

In truth, these unruly moments happen “so rarely these days,” Anderson says. Still, when they do, he admits to it “being incredibly curious.”

After all, while his solo shows feature an encore with some other Jethro Tull favorites, the point of this tour — which returns to American shores this October — is to focus on the original Brick song cycles, in their entirety and in order.

It says so right on the tour posters.

“If anybody starts shouting out during the quiet moments of the show, they will be studiously ignored,” Anderson says. “I don’t even have time to admonish them.”

He was interrupted most recently, he says, during one of the Brick programs’ spoken-word sections.

“I was astonished to hear two female voices shouting at me,” Anderson adds. “You wouldn’t be considered cultured to be shouting and whistling during a Shakespeare play — please don’t shout and whistle during the performance of mine because I am here to do the work. You are here to listen and if you don’t like it, get up and leave. Don’t start interrupting me.”

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