Ian Anderson denies rift with Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant

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Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson also confirms new solo release will be a “progressive rock concept album”

Ian Anderson has reflected on the supposed ‘feud’ between him and former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Jethro Tull toured with Led Zeppelin twice in the United States, and in a recent interview with Eamon O’Neill with the eonmusic website, Anderson poured scorn on the rumours that exist of a supposed rift.(loudersound.com)

“When people ask me about my ‘feud’ with Robert Plant, then they can expect a sharp retort, because there was never a feud between me and Robert Plant; it’s one of these absurd things that seems to come up,” Anderson says.

 

“We rarely spoke, particularly to Robert, who was on a higher plane, as a vocalist, and as a person,” he continues, reminiscing of the times Tull supported Led Zeppelin. “Jimmy Page was a little bit more friendly, but Bonham, you steered a mile away from, because he was a raving nutcase! He was always polite enough to me, but I probably just saw him on a rare good mood.

“I think to some extent, the stories of Led Zeppelin being hell raisers who barged their way across America, there is an absolute element of truth about it, but probably wildly exaggerated.

“I remember meeting Robert Plant, and he said; “I hope we can put that behind us”, and I said; “what?”, and he said, “whatever it as we are supposed to be feuding about”, and I said; “exactly!” We never had a feud, because we didn’t really communicate. Led Zeppelin were Led Zeppelin; they were rock gods, and we were the humble support act.”

 

Anderson also discussed the progress on his new solo album, which is slated for release later this year.

“It’s another of those albums that is loosely defined as being ‘progressive rock’; it’s a thematic, conceptual album that has, I think, quite carefully considered lyrical references. But giving the game away saying; “well, this is what it’s about”, it rather takes the fun out of it for people who are going to look behind the lyrics and see what is the common thread.”

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson shared a charming unboxing video of sorts in which he previews a new illustrated history of the band, The Ballad of Jethro Tull.

 

The Ballad of Jethro Tull was written by Mark Blake and features contributions from past and present members of Jethro Tull. While a “signature edition” of the book is sold out, the classic version is still available to pre-order and will start shipping in Europe in mid-November.

Recently Ian Anderson released Stormwatch: 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition, a four-CD, two-audio DVD expansion of Tull’s 12th studio album– whose unreleased early version of “Dun Rungill” is premiering exclusively below —  . That will be followed in November by The Ballad of Jethro Tull, a sanctioned biography featuring more than 200 photos, many from Anderson’s personal collection, and downloads of two news songs, “The Ballad of Jethro Tull” and “Marmion.”

 

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