Jethro Tull singer on live solo tour

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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 at­gtick­ 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

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