The 30th June is a sort of „Jethro Tull day“ in my diary because of two shows:
In 1993 Tull played during their „25th Anniversary“ tour in Vienna a open air show at the Arena. A very nice setlist feat. all songs from the whole career and also one brandnew track was played – an instrumental titled as „Andy Gidding’s Parrot“ 😉
And in 2012 I finally had the chance to see long Jehtro Tull bass player David Pegg with his legendary Folk band Fairport Convention. At a wonderful location on a lake they played songs from the last 45 years band history.
After the interview Tull performed in typically way – very professional and solid. A good chosen setlist which featured all classics and also some rarities like „Love Story„. And as me and my video man (thanks Tom!) got backstage passes we found us after the show with the band and some other press people behind the stage 😉
Another gig of that day was on the 27th June 2004 and it took place at the Donauinselfest (a free annual festival) in Vienna. There I got my first live experience with the Norwegian band Kaizers Orchestra, which was just breathtaking. No wonder that Tom Waits is also a fan of this outstanding band. A short review you also find on the mentioned link 😉
And in 2001 I received a copy of the „Aqualung“ album – but not the regular one! I got the very special „Quadradisc“ version of it which was first released back in 1975.
And here’s a birthday for today:
Richard McCracken was born on 26th June 1948! He was the bass player in the supergroup called Taste (from 1968 until 1970) which featured the outstanding guitar player Rory Gallagher and drummer John Wilson! So happy bday to Richard!
Welcome again to my music diary – today for the 25th June!
Back in 2001 I accompanied a friend of mine to see one of his guitar heroes – Mr. Gary Moore! The guitar wizard from North Ireland played with his band in Munich at the Colosseum and it was obvious that my friend was very looking forward to the show 😉
Here is my music diary entry for today, 24th June:
Back in 2003 I attended another Jethro Tull gig – this time in Munich at the Zenith. This is one of those locations you will never like – too huge and very cold.
The support act were Leslie Mandoki with his Soulmates feat. Masha, a german female singer and better known as the daughter of Frank Elstner. This is the guy who invented the German TV show „Wetten, dass..?“. And I do think this says it all 😉
The Tull performance was solid and unfortunately nothing special at all. Apart from the horrible background singing by Masha (especially during „Heavy Horses“ – she just killed this song) I can remember that Ian Anderson reminded us on buying Christmas presents because of the upcoming album called „The Jethro Tull Christmas Album„, which was released later that year.
Today a very special person was born back in 1929:
Miss Valerie June Carter from the legendary Carter Family.
As you may know she married the Man in Black, Mr. Johnny Cash, on the 1st March in 1968. In the movie „Walk the Line“ (feat. Reese Witherspoon as June and Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny) you can see and hear the beginning of this outstanding love story.
June Carter Cash died on the 15th May in 2003 and Johnny Cash followed her a few months later on the 12th September. So one of the biggest love couples in Rock’n’Roll history were together again – R.I.P.