Jethro Tull singer on live solo tour
JETHRO Tull’s Ian Anderson will be performing in York to promote the release of his new album.
The singer will be playing Homo Erraticus in full as part of the gig at York Grand Opera House on May 15.
Jethro Tull released their concept album Thick As a Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock, back in 1972 and as well as his own work, Anderson will also perform some of the band’s best known tracks.
For tickets call the box office on 0844 8713024 or online at www.atgtickets.com/york WHEN penning what would become her first songs to be released since the close of the last decade, Courtney Love had a simple rule.
“I really want everything to be 130bpm at least,” explains the erstwhile singer with American rock group Hole of her new double solo single, You Know My Name. “Hard, fast guitar songs. People don’t want to hear slow songs. There are plenty of ballads out there.”
The 49-year-old has not been averse to writing the occasional ballad herself, she points out – “On Celebrity Skin there are slow songs – Petals, Dying” – but, she says, “I can get those done in my sleep. Fast songs are much more challenging to write.”
Much as Love admires some of rock’s great wordsmiths – “My personal gods are Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, I love the way PJ Harvey uses words as well, I think Radiohead lyrics are really interesting” – the skill of setting arresting words to rapid beats per minute is what currently motivates her.
“Lyrics are of primary importance to me, but when I’m writing fast I don’t have time to sit there and be all Hallelujah about lyrics. At the same time I’ve written lyrics I’m proud of. I try to cram as many good lyrics as I can into a fast song.”
She had originally intended another new number, Wedding Days, to be the lead track, but bowed to feedback from radio stations. “They said, ‘This one hits the chorus fast, kids will like it better’. So it’s a double A-side, which is OK. If it’s going out there and gets played, let’s go.”
With self-deprecating humour, she remembers a story about her late husband Kurt Cobain’s band while they were in the midst of preparing what would becoming one of the defining rock records of the last 25 years.
“I’m the one who told everyone in Nirvana that In Bloom needed to be the first single [from Nevermind]. If you put out [ Smells Like] Teen Spirit it will be a disaster.
“In Bloom I thought was a better song. Sometimes I second guess myself. But I stand by the decision. To me it’s the superior song for world domination. I was wrong, but I’ve been known to be wrong about several things. I forgive myself.”
The two new songs will figure in Love’s first UK shows under her own name in 10 years. “Plus the usual – Doll Parts here, Malibu there. It is what it is.” There’s the prospect of an album