Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre – Aqualung 50th Anniversary Tour
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In 1969, a band of four English musicians arrived in New York and literally took America by
storm. Over the next 50 years, this legendary band accumulated over 65 million record sales
and a following of loyal fans that are the envy of rock bands worldwide! This band was Jethro
Aqualung, probably the most famous and celebrated of all of Jethro Tull’s albums, is now
celebrating 50 years since its release in 1971. At the centre of Tull’s unique sound is guitarist
Martin Barre, who is renowned for his formidable mastery of historic riffs, power chords and
soaring melodic solos.
Martin is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic and legendary album
Aqualung with a worldwide tour throughout 2021. Territories will include South America, USA,
Canada and Europe. He will be bringing a spectacular show playing the album in its entirety
with his touring band The Martin Barre Band – featuring Dan Crisp on lead vocals, Alan Thomson on keyboard, and Darby Todd on Drums; together with former Jethro Tull band member Clive Bunker on drums and percussion.
“Aqualung was the album that defined Tull. Sumptuous melodies, big dynamics and power riffs
galore. Acoustic met electric…and it all worked.”
The anniversary tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit back and relive this legendary
album, being played in full and in sequence for the first time.
Martin Barre Bio
Martin Barre was Jethro Tull’s guitarist for over 43 years. His sound and playing was a major
factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be
played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.
Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition. His solos were
voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on
Aqualung. His playing on the album Crest of a Knave earned him a Grammy award in 1989.
As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including
Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has
shared the stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and Led
Special Guests Bio
Clive Bunker – was the original drummer with Tull and played on Stand Up, Benefit & Aqualung
he was part of the original band that stormed the USA from 1969