It’s been ages since I’ve attended a good concert and what a way to end the drought. Jethro Tull live with anoushka Shankar .
The show had three parts. The first one was a solo set by Anoushka shankar . The second was Jethro Tull playing their stuff and the third was a jugalbandi .
Anoushka Shankar put on a great show for the first half an hour . She played one composition in Raag Jog and one in Raag Panchamsagar (which was composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar).
Then Jethro Tull came on. I thought the vocals of Ian Anderson were a bit off today. Didn’t have the same effect as before. BUt the rest of the band was brilliant. They played a lot of their old stuff . They played ‘Living in the past’ , ‘My Sunday Feeling’ and ‘Heavy Horses’ . They also played R. R. Kirk’s jazz classic ‘Serenade to a cuckoo’ .Then came ‘Too old to rock and roll, too young to die ‘ ( which was dedicated to Sir Mick Jagger). They then played an abridged 6 minute version of Thick as a brick which was brilliant. They ended their set with ‘Aqualung’ .
The third set was by far the best. Jethro Tull and Anoushka Shankar played together . The first two songs were new compositions . One was titled ‘Tea with Anoushka ‘ and the other was a very folksy , beautiful track called ‘Celtic Craddle’ . Then they played an awesome version of ‘Mother Goose’ (another very old song). They then played ‘Bourree’ , originally composed by Johann Sebastion Bach . Anoushka Shankar was brilliant on this one. The combination of sitar , flute and block flute was awesome to hear. Then they played a track from Anoushka Shankar’s album ‘Breathing Underwater’ . They then thanked everyone and walked off.
Just as the Pseudo fans had reached the door , the lights went out and John O’ Harra played the iconic keyboard intro to ‘Locomotive Breath’ . The crowd went berserk . Everyone was on their feet . All the musicians (including Anoushka Shankar’s sath musicians ) came on stage and played a long and arguably the best version of ‘Locomotive Breath’ ever played. The one song was better than the rest of the concert put together. Absolutely amazing. I can’t say anything else . I’ve run out of words to say how brilliant it was.