Ian Anderson is one of the most-recognizable figures in rock. For over 40 years, the wild-eyed flautist has led Jethro Tull through a string of classic albums, including Aqualung, Songs From the Wood, and Thick as a Brick. Anderson’s latest project is a sequel to that last album, Thick as a Brick 2, in which he entertains several possibilities of what happened to main character Gerald Bostock (who was only eight years old in the original album).
For the project, Anderson has returned to the progressive rock stylings which were so much a part of the original release. We also talk his band’s most-famous album, Aqualung, and the problems they had in the studio.