Below is a continuation of Tacoma Weekly's interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, who will headline the Pantages Theater on Oct. 27. We were talking about his decision to release a sequel to “Thick As A Brick” last year - 40 years after his band's original prog-rock classic – when his thoughts strayed into conflict in the Middle East and President Barack Obama's recent proposal of a “limited military strike” against Syria.
“Obama rightfully had his nose rubbed in the dirt,” Anderson said. “Thank god for Mr. Putin.” I wasn't sure how this related to the story of “Thick As A Brick” protagonist Gerald Bostock, but he called the new album an outlet for his frustrations with such political developments. Click the link to hear him vent, and check Friday's paper for our Q & A with rock's most famous flutist.