Monday, February 3, 2014

Ian Anderson and Gerald Bostock's Homo Erraticus in April

Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has announced the imminent release of new studio album Homo Erraticus. The record will be out on 14th April on the artist’s own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope, to coincide with Anderson’s 2014 UK tour.
In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick as a Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick as a Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real.
Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).
In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.
The album release will be followed by an extensive UK and German tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.
Ian Anderson UK tour dates:
Apr 28: Brighton, Dome
Apr 29: Southampton, O2 Guildhall
May 01: Salisbury, City Hall
May 02: Liverpool, Philharmonic
May 03: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
May 04: Oxford, New Theatre
May 06: Bristol, Colston Hall
May 07: High Wycombe, Swan Theatre
May 08: Guildford, G Live
May 09: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
May 10: Ipswich, Regent Theatre
May 11: Leicester, De Montfort Hall
May 13: Derby, Assembly Rooms
May 14: Manchester, Palace Theatre
May 15: York, Royal Opera House
May 16: Gateshead, Sage Theatre
May 18: Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
May 19: Perth, Concert Hall
May 20: Aberdeen, Music Hall
May 21: Inverness, Eden Court
May 24: London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
May 25: London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

Ian Anderson European tour dates:
Jun 13: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, Letní kino Širák
Jun 14: Olomouc, Czech Republic, Bounty Rock Cafe Open Air
Aug 22: Nitra, Slovakia, PKO
Aug 23: Budapest, Hungary, Congress Hall

Nov 16: Murten, Switzerland, BB Club
Nov 17: Geneva, Switzerland, Théatre Leman
Nov 18: Zurich, Switzerland, Kongresshaus
Nov 19: Stuttgart, Germany, Hehelsaal
Nov 20: Aachen, Germany, Eurogress
Nov 22: Koblenz, Germany, Conlog Arena
Nov 24: Bonn, Germany, Beethovensaal
Nov 25: Magdebirg, Germany, Stadthalle
Nov 26: Rostock, Germany, Stadthalle
Nov 27: Hamburg, Germany, CCH 2
Nov 29: Halle, Germany, Frederich Handel Hall
Nov 30: Wetzlar, Germany, Rittal Arena

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