More than 40 years after Jethro Tull's concept album Thick as a Brick, the band's very intelligent frontman Ian Anderson is preparing to release another.
The studio album Homo Erraticus will be unleashed on April 14, just ahead of a tour bringing Anderson to Sage Gateshead on May 16.
The concept behind Thick as a Brick is that it was based on a poem written by a child prodigy called Gerald Bostock.
The album was made to look like a local newspaper, the St Cleve Chronicle & Linwell Advertiser, in which the poem – and its setting to music by Jethro Tull – are reported.
A follow-up concept album called Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock? was released in 2012, with an accompanying website, StCleve.com, having supposedly replaced the defunct newspaper.
Now we are told Bostock has reunited with Anderson as manager on the forthcoming tour with Homo Erraticus featuring new Bostock songs inspired by the unpublishing writings of an amateur historian called Ernest T. Parritt.
The new album will be performed in its entirety at each tour venue along with Tull classics and, say the promoters, “video and theatrics”.
Who knows quite what to expect from the highly inventive Anderson, recently honoured with the Prog God Award from Prog Magazine?
Well, good music and fireworks are certainly on the cards from a man whose band has sold more than 60m albums. For tickets tel: 0191 443 4661 or visit www.sagegateshead.com