Jethro Tull slays a sold-out crowd in Vancouver with help from “Michael Jackson’s dad”

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By Steve Newton

If there is one thing people have come to expect from a Jethro Tull concert, it’s a cleverly staged, highly theatrical show. If there are two things, they’d be the theatrics and the British rock pioneers’ enormous repertoire of classic tunes. And if there are three things, they’d be the theatrics, the tunes, and the unbeatable musicianship of guitarist Martin Barre, bassist Dave Pegg, and keyboardist Martin Alcock. When the band goes three-for-three on those points, you’ve got yourself a great show.

And when it delivers them with a magical charm—as it did at the Orpheum last Tuesday (December 10)—you’ve got something even better.

On a stage constructed to resemble the interior of a quaint restaurant—with rustic brickwork, candle-lit tables, and a partially stocked bar—a number of roadies-cum-waiters scurried about, tending to the whims of singer/flutist Ian Anderson…

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