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Ian Anderson bringing Jethro Tull favorites to North Central College

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  • Ian Anderson will perform music from Jethro Tull and more during an Oct. 16 concert at Naperville's North Central College.

    Ian Anderson will perform music from Jethro Tull and more during an Oct. 16 concert at Naperville's North Central College.
    Photo courtesy of Jethro Tull Productions

By Nancy Dunker
North Central College

Ian Anderson will perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs from his new album, "Homo Erraticus," during a concert Oct. 16 at Naperville's North Central College.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in North Central's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $95, $85 and $75; call the North Central College Box Office at (630) 637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The concert is part of the college's Homecoming Weekend celebration, Oct. 16-19.

Known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, Anderson celebrates his 46th year as a recording and performing musician in 2014.

His concert tour includes guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond and backing vocalist/actor Ryan O'Donnell. Together, they will perform the album "Homo Erraticus" in its entirety, plus a selection of Tull classics.

The new album continues with the lyric-writing help of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock, from "Thick As A Brick" (1972) and "Thick As A Brick 2" (2012).

Anderson recently won Prog Magazine's Prog God Award, which celebrates the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. No one has pushed the boundaries more than Anderson, who remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting his seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull, as well as performing under his own name, Anderson has played in more than 54 countries during his career. He's considered an icon of the genre and recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music.

In recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.

With more than 60 million albums sold during its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson's trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments.

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