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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson to Play THICK AS A BRICK 1 & 2 at Las Vegas' Smith Center, 7/5; Tickets on Sale 3/1

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Danny Zelisko Presents Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Plays "Thick as a Brick 1 & 2" live at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this special live concert event go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Ian Anderson will be performing both his composition "Thick as a Brick" in its entirety for the first time since 1972, and his new album, "Thick as a Brick 2" for a world tour, which began April 2012, in the U.K.

The tour features a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian's band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond,and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle - all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull. British singer Ryan O'Donnell, who has been active in the U.K. theatrical scene will also be singing. Ian added the young performer as he wants to perform vocals and instrument parts as they appeared on the original "Thick as a Brick."

Ian's new album, "Thick as a Brick 2" also features David, John, Scott and Florian. It was produced by Ian Anderson and mixed by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Jethro Tull's AQUALUNG-Special Edition, released this past fall.)

The album answers the question 40 years later, whatever happened to Gerald Bostock - the person credited with writing the lyrics for "Thick as a Brick" - which hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums charts. With the first "Thick as a Brick," Jethro Tull broadened rock beyond the limitations of the short song format. Ian Anderson says "Part two" gave him a chance to wonder "how we baby-boomers look back on our own lives and often feel an occasional 'what-if' moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out, shopkeeper or finance tycoon?"

Since 1972, the original "Thick as a Brick" has never been performed in its entirety although a few minutes of the material have been a regular repertoire staple in both Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson solo shows over the years.

After 45 years of leading Jethro Tull to 54 countries worldwide and more than 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates these true progressive rock classics with old and new fans across the world. Ian is known as the flute, voice and composer of the legendary Jethro Tull which formed in England in 1968. Since their first performance at London's famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.

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