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Audio: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on humorless prog-rock genre, “Thick As A Brick” sequel

Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson will perform his band's classic 1972 album “Thick As A Brick” along with last year's sequel, “Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock,” on Oct. 27 at Tacoma's Pantages Theatre. We'll have a related story in Friday's City Arts section which includes some of his thoughts on the prog-rock genre his band parodied on the original “Brick” album.

“Around 1972, it became known as 'prog,' and bands like Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and early Genesis were the ones who defined something that was often lacking in any humor and took itself a bit too seriously,” Anderson said. "I suppose there may have been some element of humor in early Genesis work, but most of the prog-rock bands took themselves quite seriously."

Click the link below to hear him elaborate on that thought. And stay tuned for another excerpt with Anderson talking about the role today's politics played on the “TAAB 2” album.