Jethro Tull Adds Tour Dates in Support of New Album, ‘RökFlöte’

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Ian Anderson, holding his rock flute, with Jethro Tull’s 2023 lineup

Jethro Tull have announced the first 2024 concerts for their “Seven Decades” tour in support of their 23rd studio album, RökFlöte, released on April 21, 2023, via InsideOutMusic. Following the worldwide success of 2022’s The Zealot Gene, the band’s first album in two decades, Ian Anderson and company returned with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principle gods of the old Norse paganism, and at the same time exploring the ‘RökFlöte’ – rock flute – which Jethro Tull has made iconic.

The band has many 2023 concerts in Europe and the U.S. The lineup consists of Anderson (concert and alto flutes, flute d’Amour, Irish whistle and vocals), David Goodier (bass guitar), John O’Hara (piano, keyboards and Hammond organ), Scott Hammond (drums), and Joe Parrish-James (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin). Tickets for the 2024 U.K. shows, announced on June 12, go on sale June 16. Tickets for the 2023 European and U.S. shows are already available here.

Anderson reached the milestone age of 75 last August 10, and told Best Classic Bands, “I certainly don’t think more than a year ahead. That becomes increasingly more foolhardy as you get older.”

Of the repertoire, Anderson said, “We shall be playing songs from each of the seven decades of Jethro Tull albums. Learning and rehearsing some half-forgotten tracks from our catalog is like meeting old friends after a long silence. Yes – they have aged, but the years drop away after a few run-throughs and a couple of beers.”

Anderson explains the album’s title and theme in more detail: “The title of this offering went through a little change or two along the way. I started with the idea of a predominantly instrumental album for rock flute – as in rock music. When the subject material of the album presented itself, I was drawn to the term Ragnarök from Norse mythology – their version of apocalyptic end times or Biblical Armageddon.

“The ‘final showdown’ scenario is ubiquitous and inherent in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, for example. Ragnarök translates as ‘destiny of the Gods,’ the rök part meaning destiny, course, direction. With umlaut firmly in place, courtesy of the Germanic origins of Old Norse, Flute became Flöte in keeping with the spelling.” “The Navigators” explores the Norse god Njord, who was the god of wealth, fertility, the sea and seafaring.

Watch the official video for “The Navigators”

RökFlöte is available on CD and vinyl, as well as on two limited deluxe formats that include bonus demo material, extensive liner notes & a Blu-ray featuring Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound, alternative stereo mixes by Bruce Soord, as well as a bonus track and in-depth interview with Ian Anderson. The album is also available digitally in the spatial audio formats Dolby Atmos & Sony 360 RA.

Listen to the back-to-back tracks, “Wolf Unchained” and “The Perfect One”

Watch the video for first single “Ginnungagap”

Related: Our May 2023 interview with Anderson on Tull’s past, present and future

Jethro Tull 2023 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)
Jun 29 – Matera, Italy – Parco del Castello Tramontano
Jul 01 – Caserta, Italy – Belvedere di San Leucio
Jul 03 – Catania, Italy – Villa Bellini
Jul 07 – Klam, Austria – Clam Rock Festival
Jul 08 – Eisenstadt, Austria – Lovely Days Festival
Jul 14 – Rostock, Germany – IGA Parkbuhne
Jul 15 – Marienwerder, Germany – Inselleuchten Festival
Jul 16 – Gorlitz, Germany – Landskron Brau-Manufaktur
Jul 20 – Leonberg, Germany – Leon Palooza Festival
Jul 22 – Spalt, Germany – Lieder am See Festival
Jul 27 – Cologne, Germany – Roncalliplatz
Jul 29 – Bergamo, Italy – Lazzaretto
Jul 30 – Cattolica, Italy – Arena Della Regina
Jul 31 – Pescara, Italy – Teatro D’Annunzio
Aug 06 – Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, Spain – Patio Central Jardines
Aug 08 – San Feliu de Guixols, Spain – Porta Ferrada Festival
Aug 10 – Hanau, Germany – Amphitheater
Aug 18 – Highland Park, IL – Ravina Festival
Aug 19 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater
Aug 20 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
Aug 22 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
Aug 24 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
Sep 07 – Ghent, Flanders – Capitole
Sep 08 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
Sep 10 – Tonbridge, UK – Walled Garden Musical Festival
Sep 15 – Zabrze, Poland – House of Music & Dance
Sep 17 – Bydgoszcz, Poland – Hala Sisu
Sep 26 – San Diego, CA – The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
Sep 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sep 29 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Sep 30 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
Oct 01 – Santa Rosa, CA – Ruth Finley Person Theater
Oct 12 – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
Oct 14 – Neubrandenburg, Germany – Konzertkirche
Oct 27 – Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Oct 28 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Oct 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov 01 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Nov 02 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Nov 04 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
Dec 18 – York, UK – York Minster (Christmas Show)

2024 U.K. Tour
Apr 17 – Bristol Beacon
Apr 19 – Bournemouth Pavilion
Apr 20 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Apr 22 – London Palladium
Apr 23 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Apr 29 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Apr 30 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
May 02 – Gateshead Sage
May 03 – Sheffield City Hall
May 05 – Manchester Lowry
May 06 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 60 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classic rock favorites Aqualung, Thick As a Brick, and more.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Thick As a Brick

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  1. José
    #1 José 23 February, 2023, 14:55

    Never too old to rock’n’roll and always too young to die! Wonderful!

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  2. Da Mick
    #2 Da Mick 6 April, 2023, 10:51

    Any of Ian Anderson’s songs with his voice and flute are going to be somewhat reminiscent of Jethro Tull, although none of his vocal edge, that made some of their classic songs so great, is apparently not possible anymore. But beyond that, I don’t quite understand what makes and Ian Anderson record and what now makes another Ian Anderson records a modern day “Jethro Tull” record, except perhaps the ability to market it to a wider audience. Jethro Tull was a band. It’s true that hat band had a somewhat revolving door of members over the years, and while we’re not necessarily privy to why they left, they were all superb musicians who brought a certain sound to the band’s personality, which was always dominated by the huge talents of Ian Anderson. That said, I’m still bewildered by the unceremonious dumping of Martin Barre after so many decades of loyalty to Anderson and to Tull. If there was any other one sound aside from Anderson’s voice and flute that created a “Tull sound” it was Barre’s guitar parts and tone. Therefore, I still hold fast that if there’s no Martin Barre, it ain’t Jethro Tull.

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  3. nilrem70
    #3 nilrem70 19 April, 2023, 07:11

    Deja Vu! Noticed that they’re playing at the Hampton Beach Casino in October. Summer of 1971, I was living at the beach with 5-6 guys and in a band playing at a club a few miles down the road from Hampton Beach at Salisbury Beach. One of my roommates had tickets to see Jethro Tull at the Hampton Beach Casino. Aqualung was just released in March of 71 and I don’t think the promoters realized how big Jethro Tull was. Obviously way more people than tickets and a riot occurred. My roommate said it was crazy. After that, the Casino stopped having concerts for years. This happened at at time when everyone was friendly, doors were left unlocked, you could walk into any party and were welcomed. Can’t say that about the insanity of today. Hope all goes well. Then again, I have to agree with the reader who said there’s no Tull without Martin Barre. Very true. Maybe the promoters think that there’ll be a limited crowd because of this too.
    I found this quote last year, in Shindig Magazine I believe, by an English band that I can’t recall their name. “When you’re cranking “When The Levee Breaks” at 3am as loud as you can and the neighbours tell you to turn it up, you know 1971 was a very fine year”.

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    • Frankie
      Frankie 19 April, 2023, 12:22

      Have you read David Hepworth’s book “1971 Never a Dull Moment”
      Fantastic year for music both in England and the USA

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  4. Kintail5
    #4 Kintail5 13 June, 2023, 17:06

    RokFlote is an outstanding album! With it, Tull have finally — minus few smatterings of discontent — stepped aside any lingering shadows of prior iterations. The sound is fresh, crisp, and incredibly innovative — a real ‘Change of Horses,’ as it were. I don’t know how he does it, but Anderson’s lyricism is progressively ingenious as ever, and his distinctive vocals fit its themes and creative turns-of-phrase remarkably well. The band are as clean and precise as ever, and the mixing is beyond superb. Memorable and catchy melodies abound with every twist and turn, and the overall creativity is awe inspiring. Special shoutout to the band, and especially the expansive guitar work of Joe Parrish. His sound is incredibly distinctive and very befitting Jethro Tull, while not simultaneously seeking to imitate past phrasings. He is as refreshing a reboot to the Barre legacy as Barre was to Mick Abrahams’. Everything about the album fits together as a cohesive whole: My only disappointment is that they won’t be touring it as an entire piece with corresponding stage props and theatricalities. But I’ll gladly accept the Seven Decades as a worthy alternative! Can’t say enough is praise: 99 out of 100 misteltoe spears.

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