Jethro Tull: 4/30/2002

I’m pretty sure this was my first concert after moving to Asheville, although I might have seen Moe Tucker from the Velvet Underground first (I don’t have a stub from that show and I can’t recall when it was). Anyway, I’ve always been a Tull fan, so I figured I had to go and see them again. I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.

Having seen Jethro Tull in the late 70s, it was tough to live up to that experience. Even so, this performance was just downright sad, in my opinion.

I went by myself, since funds were tight at that time and my wife opted to pass. So I was very focused on the band’s playing, which seemed to lack enthusiasm, especially on the standards. It was almost like, “Yeah, here’s your Cross-Eyed Mary.” There were a few exceptions, most notably was “Pibroch (Cap in Hand),” which I thought was great. Martin Barre’s guitar work on that one was phenomenal. But by the time the show was over, I was yawning. As I exited alone, I recalled an article I had read years back that criticized Tull and called them Jethro Dull. I felt a little sad that the creative and powerful prog rockers that were such a huge part of my musical upbringing had lost their edge. It happens.

I would go on to see Ian Anderson solo, and Martin Barre solo too after this, and I really enjoyed both of those. If the band reunited, I’d consider seeing them again, just on the hope that they might rekindle their earlier spark.

Here’s the setlist from the show.

Setlist:

  • Aqua-Intro
  • Living in the Past
  • Cross-Eyed Mary
  • Roots to Branches
  • Jack-in-the-Green
  • Thick as a Brick
  • Hunt by Numbers
  • Elegy
  • A Song for Jeffrey
  • The Water Carrier
  • The Secret Language of Birds
  • Wond’ring Aloud
  • Pibroch (Cap in Hand)
  • A New Day Yesterday
  • Boris Dancing
  • Budapest
  • Mayhem Jig
  • Aqualung
  • Locomotive Breath
  • Sweet Dream
  • Protect and Survive
  • Cheerio
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11 thoughts on “Jethro Tull: 4/30/2002

    • Man, Tull back in the day was killer. I think by the time of this show, Ian’s hearing loss was taking its toll. So many great rockers are paying the price physically for not wearing ear protection. But who knew back then. Glad I can still hear ok, although my wife would question that 😉

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      • That works. I went to see Dick Dale, the king of the surf guitar, and he was the LOUDEST act I ever experienced. My ears rang for three days solid afterwards. I was pretty nervous. Knocking wood I was alright. Always try to remember to bring ear plugs these days. Want to keep rockin as long as possible.

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  1. Mikey Ladano my pal is a huge Tull fan who would have shit a brick to see Tull…
    Slick review man…
    That Coop concert I seen this past September was the first time I used ear plugs…! Especially being at the front I thought I better protect what’s left of my hearing….haha

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