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11 April, 2008

In the race to mediocrity

With Jethro Tull on tour in the UK, there's been the usual change in focus of visitors to the Ministry.

Not particularly a traffic spike – the band becomes more of a minority-interest topic with each 'retro' tour, and Tull-related traffic rarely exceeds more than 15% of the Ministry's overall total – but there's been a distinct increase in the number of people typing 'Jethro Tull' into the blog's internal search utility. Time for a couple of reminders.

Firstly, as I said in the foregoing paragraph, the search box on each page of the blog is an internal feature which only searches blog posts – not the associate photos pages, nor the Tull-related 'departments'. For those, please use the overall, Google-based search feature on the home page and main Tull Tour History page.

Secondly, though I maintain the Tour History, I don't like Jethro Tull myself. Apart from references such as this, you're unlikely to find relevant entries in the blog.
To be more accurate, I do still kind-of like Tull's output 1971-1995, but nothing earlier (such as the 2008 tour setlist...), nor later – my interest in what Tull are doing nowadays is purely 'academic' i.e. in order to update the Tour History.


I really like your site and enjoy reading all the Tull gig updates. I was just wondering where you get all the information regarding the current/recent gig setlists? It's very accurate and I was wondering if you had a contact in the band or road crew? Also after reading your comments on recent Tull releases I wonder why you bother at all. I saw them last year and was very disappointed, and I won't go and see them live again now, but I still like to see on your site what they are still playing. Maybe I've answered my question.

Posted by Steve Kavanagh at April 14, 2008 03:10 AM

I'm not in contact with anyone currently associated with Tull, but past members of the band and road crews have certainly helped confirm older details.
Most of the information on recent tours comes from audience members; collating two or three reports from each show tends to eliminate any errors. Likewise, several people around the world are kind enough to let me know when they hear of future shows in their areas, which I then verify with the venues.

As I said, I do still like the 1971-95 albums and concerts, and details are still emerging, so I'm not totally disinterested. ;)

I also wouldn't want to understate the human side – I've met some great people via the Tour History; over the years, the Tull element has almost become incidental to that.

Posted by NRT at April 15, 2008 12:38 PM
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