Jethro Tull

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2009 (ranked #164) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Stand Up (1969)
Aqualung (1971)
Thick As A Brick (1972)

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Living In the Past (1969)
Aqualung (1971)
Locomotive Breath (1971)
Cross Eyed Mary (1971)
Thick As A Brick (1972)
Bungle in the Jungle (1974)

Jethro Tull @ Wikipedia

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Will Jethro Tull be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Jethro Tull is a prime example of a progressive rock band that should be included in the Hall of Fame. Ian Anderson's innovative lyrics alone should be enough to get them in are, not to mention the great play of Martin Barre.

Tull '08! A more important election!

Posted by Aqualung on Thursday, 11.2.06 @ 15:46pm


Tull is long overdue, although it might be their subpar 80s work that's holding them back. Yeah, that's totally why the Comittee is ignoring a progressive band..yeah...uh-huh.

Posted by Kit on Friday, 11.24.06 @ 10:42am


More than a farce that all the following have not been included, Jethro Tull should have been unanimous in 93, also Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, King Crimson, Richard Thompson, Dave Alvin, well maybe not quite 25 yrs solo yet for him, and the inventor of zydeco Clifton Chenier. Now most of these folks are not outand out rockers, but with the exception of Clifton Chenier their records are normally found under rock. Since Miles is in there how about Trane and Sun Ra both of whom influenced rockers? And to a more exploratory end than Black bloody Sabbath

Posted by ray on Friday, 01.26.07 @ 10:29am


in my working class neighborhood just outside n.y.c. jethro tull became a way that experimenting youth could listen and understand a deeper functions of what life could behold. not told to us by a stuffy religious, or over officious teacher ect. we could listen between black sabbath riffs and led zeppelin wails to fully supplement a more reality based education in life a la rock and roll. one day the foundation will remember what we are... and again make the right decision. and that day i and those like me will remember full of emotion the venerable mr. anderson and co. and thank them dearly for a most well rounded message!

Posted by dookie on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 16:44pm


Jethro Tull was probably the first band to have a "flute solo".

Posted by James on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 11:01am


How in the world is a band like Jethro Tull left out of the hall, the voters whoever they are should be ashamed of themselves. Although not as commercially successful as other bands of there era, they still rate very high on the scale of all time groups.

Posted by Larry on Monday, 04.9.07 @ 15:28pm


U guys r right on the dot. Jethro Tull is more prog style band and the committe is neglecting the talent that should be in the hall of fame already. Upsetting from the people who are supposed to induct the best

Posted by Alex on Friday, 05.4.07 @ 10:02am


i'm 18 so I wasn't there when they started but i listen to what they made and it sound quite great and original their place is in

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 10:24am


It's beyond ridiculous that Tull is not in the HOF. Nobody has ever done a better job of fusing rock with English folk, jazz and classical music… they still put on on a heck of a show, too.

And to top it off, they were huge commercial successes, especially in the 70s.

Perhaps they aren't in because the "critics" and the other elitists that run the show just never "got" them… at least not in the way that they have "gotten" Jackson Browne, Billy Joel and Frankie Limon and the Teenangels.

Posted by Tom W on Thursday, 06.7.07 @ 12:43pm


Talk about innovation, Ian Anderson is one of the greatest musical innovators ever. Always pushing boundaries, coming up with new surprises. Fantastic live act, great songs and still doing it today inspiring young acts. Induct now, please.

Posted by Andrew Brittlebank on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 03:28am


HI

What's up with this tull should be in the hall of fame.

There music has stood the test of time.

J-love

Posted by J-Love on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 17:19pm


Without Jethro Tull there is no Hall of Fame as Far as I am concerned. Who else could pull off the type of complicated music they have done live for years? Everyone seems to know them whether or not they like them.

Induct Jethro Tull into the Hall of Fame.
The only band I have seen > 40 times.

Posted by Tom Hodge on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 11:47am


Me resulta grotesco e inexplicable que uno de los mejores grupos de la historia, Jethro Tull, no esté en el Rock and roll hall of fame. Mientras esta banda (junto a otras que igualmente lo merecen y no están) no forme parte de dicho museo, carecerá de la credibilidad necesaria. Hace décadas que deberían formar parte de él.

Posted by Fran Garcia on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 05:26am


I look down the list of past and future inductees and I can't help but wonder about a glaring oversight: Jethro Tull.

I wrack my brains trying to figure out why they were never inducted. Remember the 71(?) Rolling Stones Magazine poll that had them more popular than the Stones and Led Zep?

I look down the list of past inductees and can only shake my head in disbelief. Many of the groups/artists listed there never approached the commercial success that Jethro Tull had, and Tull wasn't exactly a commercial band.

They deserve induction on so many levels:

First heavy metal grammy went to? Yup...Tull. Crest of a Knave was the album.

Thick as a Brick still stands among a select few as the consumate concept album.

They've sold how many millions of albums?

Aqualung... 'Nuff said.

The Byrds are in. The Animals are in. Madonna is in??!?!? Jackson Browne?

Elvis Costello...

The Clash...

The Pretenders.

The Pretenders???

I'm obviously missing something here. I just wish I knew what it was that I am missing.

Musical taste is subjective, yes. But even if you just measured entrance by commercial success Tull has it way over many past inductees. And it's easy to argue that their qualifications go far beyond mere commercial success.

As long as I am too old to rock and roll and too young to die I will petition for Tull to make the hall of fame.

Clav

Posted by The Clav on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 01:26am


"As long as I am too old to rock and roll and too young to die I will petition for Tull to make the hall of fame."

Turns out you're also too old to petition...

Posted by liam on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 11:28am


"As long as I am too old to rock and roll and too young to die I will petition for Tull to make the hall of fame."

Turns out you're also too old to petition...

Posted by liam on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 11:28am


So, do you think Tull should or should not be in? It is difficult to tell from your sarcastic post, which does not seem very contributory.

Posted by Ryan on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 17:49pm


Ryan/Anon/MatzoBall, none of your posts are "contributory." I thought you left this site -- things will be better after you're REALLY gone.

Posted by Chuck on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 20:13pm


"So, do you think Tull should or should not be in?"

Yes.

"It is difficult to tell from your sarcastic post, which does not seem very contributory."

I used to think that William was uptight. Now look.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 10:09am


"Ryan/Anon/MatzoBall, none of your posts are "contributory." I thought you left this site -- things will be better after you're REALLY gone."

"Huh?"

Anon had no sense of humour, and now Ryan. Seems a bit too much of a coincidence for my liking.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 10:38am


---""Ryan/Anon/MatzoBall...""
-------- "Huh?"
---"Anon had no sense of humour, and now Ryan. Seems a bit too much of a coincidence for my liking."

Hahahahahaha..... Oh my Lord.... I just--- this i just so, so sad, really, isn't it? I saw that too, Liam, but I chose to leave him alone because he's so sad. I'm actually feeling sorry for the poor guy - he wants so bad to leave Anon/Micahel behind, reinvent himself and just blend in - (sigh)(laugh): he screwed himself over so, so horrifically.
He's got to be so incredulous as to how he is being repeatedly recognized - he's even trying to be nice to me as Matzo Ball. This is the essence of him - he is so unaware of his approach and voice and just "Micaehl-ness" that he's transparent to everyone even across something as anonymous as printed word.

Micahel, I am getting laughs out of your peek-a-boo stuff - (I snorted, I laughed so hard when William would only dignify his sheet over his head act with "piss off, troll"), but for your own dignity and sanity, how much will you keep trying?

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 11:35am


"I saw that too, Liam, but I chose to leave him alone because he's so sad."

I'm well aware that Michael has become more predictable than a wrestling match, but I don't want him gtting any practice, as he definitely got a few more posts in than I would have liked before I actually realized it was him. You've got to feel sorry for the next bunch, though - I doubt they'll have the same detective skills as the futurerockhall.com gang ;D

But I'm definitely finding Micheal's act incredibly amusing.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 11:52am


Not sure why you all keep referring to me as anon or matzo ball. I have no idea who they are, but I think I am entitled to an occasional opinion here. That's all.

Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 13:14pm


It didn't work when I tried it, so why would it work for you? Don't try playing dumb, as we can all see through it. Fucking tramp.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 13:24pm


All I can be is honest, and I do not know what you are referring to when you call me anon. But, I do know that your hostility is quite unappealing.

Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 14:34pm


It's a crying shame that Tull have, unbelievably, still been ignored by the Hall of Fame - It's as frustrating as it is mystifying. While the quality of the post-70's albums is spotty (and very few acts can claim otherwise - not to mention the fact that their failures were always the result of trying to expand and experiment with their sound, which is certainly a noble goal), their heights are among rock's finest works - expanding the boundries of the genre while entertaining millions of people around the world. It really is a disgrace that Ian Anderson and Martin Barre [et al] have been ignored by the institution that claims as it's mission the recognition of those innovative artists that have elevated the genre in one manner or another. As for the longevity of their contribution - Tull have always put on amazing shows, with those of recent vintage being no exception. Though it's truly a shame that Anderson blew his voice in the eighties, he smartly (and skillfully) plays to his current strength, the flute. No dinosaur act, the arrangements are constantly reworked and reinterpreted - this fact alone justifies consideration, let alone all of the truly significant contributions of the seventies. Hail hail Jethro Tull - an entity unto themselves, and a band that towers above standard rock classifications. Here's to their beautiful and original music, and to the hope that the voters wake up before it is too late for Anderson and Co to enjoy the recognition of their many years of fine work.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 12.31.07 @ 13:26pm


So is this an imitator or an incidental person with the same name?

Posted by William on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 20:24pm


If it was an intentional ID theft, don't you think they'd have made you say something really stupid ---- like try to use the word "epiphany" in an awkward way?

It's what I would have done, anyway.

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 20:29pm


What happened?

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 05:45am


"What happened?"

Huh..... interesting that OZ felt he had a reason for deleting the post that William was questioning; looks like it was an attempt to imposter him after all.
Huh.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 08:38am


...I'm still in the dark here, Shawn. Was it anything worth mentioning, or can I just let it go?

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 09:05am


Eh ---- a minor blip hardly worth mentioning; just a curiousity. Don't bother.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 09:21am


Why was my comment deleted? Excuuuuuse me if someone else also has that name, next time I'll check every single post on the site in the off chance that there is someone else.

I demand my comment be undeleted, it was perfectly valid.

Posted by William on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:10am


"Why was my comment deleted? Excuuuuuse me if someone else also has that name.." - William II

I am sorry sir, but that name is taken by a regular here who will snipe your head of at 300 yards with an authorotative quip and encyclopedic knowledge. Can we offer you this nice "Bill" or perhaps this perfectly good "Willy"?

Williams are like Highlanders: there can only be one!

Posted by shawn on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:24am


I don't really care if someone else wants to use the name, but I'd at least add a little something to differentiate yourself unless you want people confusing our points.

In fact, I'm about 99% sure "Liam" is also a William, since I've never heard of anyone just being named that.

Posted by William1 on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:29am


Nope, you're wrong, actually

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:35am


Is that the fake William talking, or the real one?

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:36am


Well then you're the first, I guess.

This is number one. The first. The alpha.

Posted by William on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:47am


Indeed. From here on, you will encounter numerous Liam's; until you meet the Gallagher - the omega; the end.

"this is the end; my only friend, the end...")

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 11:54am


"Indeed. From here on, you will encounter numerous Liam's; until you meet the Gallagher - the omega; the end."-liam

But even he was originally a William.

Posted by William1 on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 20:05pm


I really am surprised that Tull isn't in the HOF. One thing that you have to understand about Rolling Stone is they don't lack for arrogance!!
Afew years back they compiled a "100 Greatest Guitarists" list that was so ridiculous that Guitar Player Magazine was prompted to establish a "50 Greatest Players" list...voted on by players...just to try to set the record straight. Now I know that the term "Greatest Player" is subjective, but having Johnny Ramone and Jerry Garcia in the top 30 and not even mentioning the likes of Eric Johnson or Al DiMeola was truly laughable!! Once again, current inductees of their surviving families and eligible artists should also get a vote...I think it would be more authentic.

Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 18:51pm


I predicted the William/Liam dilemma ages ago. Luckily I seem to be the only person born with the name Metalsmith.

Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 02.8.08 @ 18:04pm


I only recently became aware that Jethro Tull was NOT in the HOF. Quite frankly, I'm still in shock! Why do they even Call it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they are inducting people like Madonna but not Legends such as Tull? Who the F*** is on the Hall of Fame board that does this voting anyway and how the hell do we get rid of them! I've only had the HONOR of seeing Jethro Tull three times and that was in the 70's but, they have remained a mainstay in my music library from the day I first heard them. We are not just talking about great music,great showmanship etc.. You can read Ians lyrics like a book of poetry for god sake. Also, the lyrics are as relevant today as they were in the late 60's, 70's, 80's ect.. This goes beyond oversight on their part.

Posted by Swerry on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 02:23am


This is an example (IMO) of a close-but-no-cigar kind of band. They have great songs with 'Bungle in the Jungle', 'Aqualung', 'Locomotive Breath', 'The Teacher', 'Skating Away...' and that's about all. They certainly were the band-best-able-to-be-teleported-back-to-12th-century-and-survive

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 10:37am


You forgot "Thick as a Brick."

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:54pm


Jethro Tull Has Had Many Hits such as "Aqualung", Thick as a Brick", and "Living In The Past". They Are one of the best bands Ever With an amazing guitarist Martin Barr, Along With Ian Anderson, Band Leader And an amazing Front Man. I Wish That They Are Inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Alex In Michigain on Thursday, 04.10.08 @ 16:40pm


The voters never have their heads screwed on. I say the will not make it.
The Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten once famously derided the rock 'n' roll institution as "a place where old rockers go to die", dubbing it the "Rock and Roll Hall of Shame".
If Groups like Rush, Styx, Genesis, Yes, and Kiss! Are not in there and Madonna is and Grand Blaster Flash?! Who wants to be in that snooty place!

Posted by Lisa on Wednesday, 04.23.08 @ 20:38pm


Tull will make it eventually. The HoF cannot afford to keep ignoring prog rockers, and once that floodgate opens, it'll pour. It may not happen in Wenner's lifetime, but it's coming.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 04.23.08 @ 20:39pm


An eample of a band that should be in for a few reasons, but mainly perhaps because many people will say, "Where the Hell is Jethro Tull?"

I say yes, but also an eample of a band that must follow a code of chronology. Not before:
King Crimson,
Yes,
Genesis,
Rush,
and possibly The Moody Blues.

Posted by shwn on Sunday, 04.27.08 @ 00:20am


Jethro Tull played unique music with a great stage show. Ian Anderson really played his butt off in concert in the beginning and today. The 'Aqualung' and 'Thick As
A Brick' Tours were brilliant. While Martin Barre and the boys played, Ian danced, strutted, blew on the flute, guitar, etc. They played great shows every time! Why won't the Hall put the truly great Rock and Roll musicians in there!!!????????? Mark

Posted by Mark Glew on Saturday, 05.31.08 @ 18:14pm


I think they will eventually make it to the Hall of Fame, not that it is some sort of definitive statement about the quality of names in those oh Not So Hallowed halls. In terms of the excellent musicianship extant with Jethro Tull over these many years, in my opinion, they are without peer. They have logged almost 3000 concerts over their history, and still counting. How many rock groups have reached that level? Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull have considerable similarities and are BOTH most worthy contemporaries.

Posted by Dwight on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 09:51am


A few more thoughts... If they do not induct Jethro Tull into the HOF it is more a statement about who makes it, rather then a statement about Jethro Tull.

Abba? Madonna? Lenard Cohen (while great, he is a folk singer). If you are talking about Classic Rock Bands of the golden years, the following represents a credible version of a top ten list: Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Neil Young, Tull. I took a look at the inductees and noted they listed Chet Aiken as a sideman. While Chet is a great Country musician, Rock and Roll??? Give me a break! Clearly the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has no clear identity and its credibility questionable at best.

Posted by Dwight on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 10:43am


Abba haven't been inducted, nice try. And no, I'm not talking about "Classic Rock Bands of the golden years," but feel free to go off on one about how rock is "dead," or whatever other clichéd bullshit you have up your sleeve.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 10:48am


I stand corrected about Abba, I never said rock was dead Liam, those are your words, not mine. Judging by the quality of your posts, or lack thereof, I am decidedly unimpressed...

Posted by Dwight on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 11:13am


Never said you said rock was dead, try reading the post fully and you might see it. You'll want to go to Grandmaster Flash's thread and have a rant about him not being rock, next. God forbid actually making a case for Tull et al.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 11:20am


your an idiot, isn't there a place where trolls can go to be in one another's company? Too funny! Can you actually make a cogent remark or point Liam?

Posted by Dwight on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 11:32am


oh my gosh liam, you're all over the community dragging yourself out and making bad comments! LOL is there really a band or artist that you like? or have you taken your medication? LOL =P

Posted by Aira on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 11:59am


"Troll," coming from the guy who goes on about "Classic Rock Bands of the golden years" (easily the most cloying phrase I've ever heard).

Posted by Liam on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 12:00pm


"Classic Rock is not a genre."

I think Dwight was just making a point that the Arena Rock scene of the late 60's, early 70's was pretty damn good, but some of the more prominent bands have been overlooked by the HoF. This would be the era prior to Frampton, Foreigner, Meatloaf, Kansas, etc (f'ugly music). It was a time when Led Zep, Tull, The Who, ELP, Queen, Yes were ruling the concert venues. It was a lot of fun to be a Rock fan in those days. So I think Dwight is just asking the question that many others also wonder; why have some of those bands been excluded so far and bands which came a decade later have been inducted (Madonna, etc.). Certainly a case can be made for Tull, ELP, King Crimson and many others.

Liam - a lot of people have questioned the inductions of 2008. It is not okay to have a differeing opinion? Why do you get so negative?

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 13:30pm


Maybe Dwight wants to make a case for some omitted arena rock acts, but you can't deny he's also making that dreadful rockist "Keep the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame for Rock Acts Only" remark, clearly ignoring that the genre of rock and the Hall of Fame's definition of Rock and Roll are entirely different.

Take for instance Chet Atkins. He has recorded with The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, clearly rock 'n' roll acts, and was an influence on inducted guitarists like Eddie Cochran, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Now that would make him a well-deserved inductee in the "Sidemen"-category. But Dwight argues that he shouldn't be inducted, not on his merits, but because "he's country". He is imposing his own definition of the genre on the entire spectre of rock 'n roll, claiming that his definition is the only right one.

Some people may think that there's actually such a thing as a group of "Classic rock bands of the golden years", but to be honest, the idea that there actually was a golden age of rock is a myth, and has more to do with sentiment than with an actual fact. It's not a fact that classic rock is the only authentic form of rock 'n roll.

Posted by The_Claw on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 16:31pm


Dwight...I think you should take a REAL hard look at Chet Atkins' whole body of work (including his side work) and the people he's influenced (there's that word again!!) before you make any comments at all about him.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 18:01pm


I like a lot of what Jethro Tull has done, and I think they were somewhat innovative. As far as being influential, I can't think of anyone before or since that sounds quite like them. Quite the quandry...

I'm not going to get caught up in "I would've inducted them before so & so", because it would get redundant after a while. After all, I would've inducted anyone over Jann Wenner.

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 20:34pm


The_Claw said:
"Some people may think that there's actually such a thing as a group of "Classic rock bands of the golden years", but to be honest, the idea that there actually was a golden age of rock is a myth, and has more to do with sentiment than with an actual fact."

I take issue. Watching rock for the past 30 years and listening to it even farther back to its origins in the 1950s, I feel like a space traveler
heading toward a black hole. At first the level of innovation/change was so significant in the 1960's and early 70's that I felt like I was accelerating into the center of the black hole. But as the 1970s turned into the 80's and then the 90s, I realized something entirely different was happening. Innovation seemed to be happening slower and slower. To travel the most minute distance seemed to take forever. Now in 2008, I seem to be standing still with the black-hole center never appearing to get closer. I realize I am experiencing with rock what the space traveler is experiencing as he moves toward the black hole-Einstein's relativity in time and space as well as relativity in gravity. The rock and roll journey offered an endlessly changing physics, energy, and particles that at first seemed rapid, interesting, important and leading to new knowledge for answering questions. But now, the almost infinitely slow journey is leading to nothing new-nothing that can build new knowledge or answer questions in reality.

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 06.27.08 @ 23:39pm


"But as the 1970s turned into the 80's and then the 90s, I realized something entirely different was happening. Innovation seemed to be happening slower and slower." - classicocker

What utter tripe. Honestly, the 1980s were absolutely choc-full of major innovations, ranging from the Cocteau Twins to Husker Du to the Minutemen to the Birthday Party. Way to out yourself as an ignorant. I presume you buy your music from the Wal-mart.

"But now, the almost infinitely slow journey is leading to nothing new-nothing that can build new knowledge or answer questions in reality." - classicrocker

Which basically translates as:

"I can't find any innovative music today, so there must be none at all."

Go to pitchformedia.com, and pick up a few albums that they recommend. The indie scene is absolutely thriving right now, and great albums and innovations are coming out at a faster rate than at any time in the past. I personally suggest trying the Animal Collective, or even Panda Bear's solo album Person Pitch.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 03:35am


That'll be:

www.pitchforkmedia.com

Not what I originally wrote.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 03:37am


I have to agree w/ Liam entirely here. At one point classicrocker makes a comment stating that:

"At first the level of innovation/change seemed so significant in the 60's/early 70's that I felt I was accelerating into the center of a black hole".

Later - "Innovation seemed to be happening slower & slower."

Liam partially has you pegged hear. I would also suggest a healthy dose of nostalgia may be clouding your viewpoint. Not that there is anything wrong w/ this... from time to time. Innovation/change can mean so many things to so many people. I know I personally saw and felt the changes as the 80's went on, when they turned into the 90's, and as the 90's went on to their regrettable boy band conclusion. I experienced those changes cause I (and many others on this site) were growing up in thse years. Liam called you on it when he quoted your part about "the slow journey is leading to nothing new - nothing that can build new knowledge or answer questions in reality". This is youth music. It didn't matter if you saw nothing new in what I grew up with. If it made me pump my fist, jump all around, & question things (cultural, social, sexual, political) than it worked it's magic, cause it was both MY TURN & MY GENERATIONS TURN to have control of the music. Likewise it's now someone else's turn. If they are receiving the same thing we once did, then who are we to question it?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 05:51am


I think the music continuum is more of a spiral (starting at the center) or circle than a linear thing heading towards a destination. When you're young on your first trip around, everything seems fresh, but now that you're coming around for the second or third time, you recognize things from the past that have been done before.

Posted by mel on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 06:02am


In my opinion music is more of a conundrum...it has no set direction and you never know what's going to happen next.

Didn't Jethro Tull have a song by that title?

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 07:20am


Jethro Tull also had a song called "Livin In The Past" which is going through my head now as I read these posts..

Posted by classicrocker on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 11:24am


Liam, I've checked out Pitchfork. It looks like a modern online version of Rolling Stone for today's generation. Aren't you just substituting 1 group of musical elitists trying to force their views down your throat with another? ("Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?") If you want a look at today's new artists without any bias, try
wiki.creativecommons.org/Content_Curators

These are REAL artists not trying to blatantly make $$ by selling out to record companies and trying to be in some Hall Of Fame. They just put out their stuff for free for all to evaluate. Sure there are some dogs, but some gems along the way too. You can decide for yourself. Also you might like songfight.org/

And just for fun I'll try to listen to Cocteau Twins, Husker Du, the Minutemen, The Birthday Party and Animal Collective. Thanks for at least suggesting. Fortunately there is a used record shop nearby where I can take them to if they don't resonate. I'll try to report back later after I listen to them to give a review.

Posted by classicrocker on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 14:57pm


classicrocker...I am a bit familiar with Cocteau Twins and The Birthday Party...they're really not too bad at all. The Birthday Party is another Nick Cave(The Bad Seeds) project. Another I would suggest along those lines would be a group called Gang Of Four. I particularly like a song by them called "To Hell With Poverty"...good stuff!!

We had a DJ at a club I frequented a few years back, and he liked to play "other stuff" before the dance music. Music by those groups was part of his "other stuff". Seems I was always running up and asking him what he was playing...LOL!!!

If you've never listened to them you'll probably like at least some of what you hear.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.28.08 @ 16:01pm


Gitarzan, thanks. I do remember hearing Gang Of Four on my local college radio station about a year ago when the station was airing a retrospective show about the origins of punk in the late 70's. I thought Gang Of Four were some of the most talented punk musicians I had ever heard. Now that you recommend them, I'll add em to my cart!

Posted by classicrocker on Sunday, 06.29.08 @ 00:19am


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Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.29.08 @ 10:14am


It is absolutely ludicrous for Tull to not be in The Hall of Fame. It is equally ludicrous to mention his name in the same breath with some of the inductees and future prospects.

Posted by Ed on Sunday, 08.3.08 @ 08:34am


Ed...Jethro Tull is a band, not an individual...unless you want an 18th century agriculturist inducted into the HOF!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 08.3.08 @ 08:41am


a real shame this group is not in there.

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 15:00pm


okay all you witty people, ya found a place to amuze yorselves, but really some of yor stuff is only half-witted ... as for Tull, they not only rate being in the RRHoF, they should be specially featured ... I put them up with the Beatles, Stones, Berry, Presley ... anyone you want to name. in terms of innovation, skill, depth, and sheer rock energy, Ian Anderson is an all-time great. the group just didn't do any garbage.

Posted by telarock on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 21:40pm


this is a fn joke, Jethro tull have been playing music for 40 years, why the heck is funkmaster flex in this hahah what a horrible joke... this is a complete farce... jethro tull should have been inducted LONNNGGGGGG ago.. if i was anderson and the boys i would say shove it to this piece of shit institution, along with rush as well ... oh well at least RHF has Madonna , lol , go die RHF

Posted by Patrick Sharkey on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 22:26pm


From the songs Wind Up to Locomotive Breath, Ian Anderson and the band have not only given us great lyrics but great music. The sheer intelligence of Ian Anderson in producing great music is unprecedented. Also, you can not beat the band in concert. Their early work speaks for itself.

Posted by Mark on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 08:41am


This should be a no brainer. Tull uniquely brought together jazz, hard rock, old Celtic/English music and a variety of instruments, musicianship and composition. They were hugely popular in the late 60s through much of the 70s. OMG, John Mellencamp is on the list along with Bob Seger, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Lovin Spoonful, Billy Joel, I could go on - and Tull isn't. Bands like Tull and the B52s are ignored. It is a shame and a sham. Ike and Tina? Tina maybe, but Ike c'mon. The Kinks? Ricky Nelson?!

Posted by EQ on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 10:01am


EQ..

If you don't think The Kinks deserve to be in the RRHOF then you need to go and learn more about rock before you open your mouth and talk about rock ever again.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 14:34pm


Did you know that the song most frequently cited as the first rock 'n roll record ever, is Ike Turner's "Rocket 88"? Sure, it's impossible to pick the first rock 'n roll record, but it's a great contender for the title. Ike not RRHOF material? He was one of the inventors of the genre.

Posted by The_Claw on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 14:43pm


Ah yes "Rocket 88" the Ike Turner song credited to Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (The Delta Cats never existed)

I also heard some people claim that "Rock the (This?) Joint" originally by Jimmy Preston in 1949 and later by Bill Haley in 1952 was the first rock n roll record. Although as Claw says, we won't ever agree which record was the "first."

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 15:06pm


of all the great omissions, this one is truly the most mysterious (to me). Jethro Tull was a pre-eminent force of 70's rock. and there really has never been anyone quite like them. Ian Anderson was (is?) the consumate showman. you want to talk about theater rock? I saw them in 1973 and the man was sheer mezmerizing!

Posted by benny on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 20:11pm


With the omissions of bands like Moody Blues, Chicago, ELP and Jethro Tull.. The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame was, is and will continue to be a laughable joke to anybody who knows anything about good music and great bands! What a farce!!

Posted by Larry Arce on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 14:02pm


I can't understand how Jethro Tull is not in the Rock and Roll HoF. I will never visit nor watch an induction ceremony til this 70s super-band is put in. They sold more records and have more great songs that about 1/2 the people in there. What, are they not cool enough? They are still touring and their music is still played on the radio. Can't remember the last time I heard a Traffic song on the air (though I love that band). Buffalo Springfield and Cream are in - great bands with very short lives and two or three lasting songs. But everyone knows Aqualung and Locomotive Breath - even today's teens. And many know Skating Away, Too Old to Rock and Roll, Bungle in the Jungle (on the radio yesterday), Thick as a Brick, Cross Eyed Mary, Teacher, and more. The Hall is a farce until all the good bands are in and not some elitists version of "influential" bands.

Posted by Vincent Benefico on Tuesday, 01.13.09 @ 12:12pm


You are correct Vincent. Bflo Sprgfld and Cream had Neil Young and Eric Clapton respectively, and I loved both groups. But Ian Anderson never became a courtier of Rolling Stone mag's rock royalty. Flute is Anderson's instrument, but flute is not an acceptable sceptre for so-called "rock royalty." Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre made Tull an original band for the ages. Rock Hall nominating committee, you MUST re-evalutate this group!!!

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 09:33am


Live-Bursting Out is a great live album.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 15:58pm


I would love to go to the HOF. Unfortunately without Jetrho Tull in the HOF I guess I'll never get to see it. Tull has been my favorite since 1970. Who the **** are these people to keep a classic band like Tull out? They even got a mention in the movie Armagedon!

Posted by Al "Delta Man" P on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 07:15am


I think that even the r&rhof will come around eventually. But, by taking this much time to include Tull, they will be doing more of an injustice to the band. All in all, the hall needs Tull and there ilk rather than vice versa.

Posted by Richard Fair on Thursday, 03.26.09 @ 09:29am


I am thoroughly enjoying most of the comments on this page. Tull has some of the most loyal fans in the world. It is correct Jethro Tull's omission from the Hall of Shame is a sham . I will reiterate the following. Jethro Tull by far, in my humble opinion is the greatest most talented Rock Band ever, period, end of story. Tull has Innovation, style, talent, playing ability and they are all masters of their respective instruments. I believe what has kept them out is purely that they are to good, to intelligent, and to original. They walk their own paths , making and pushing the boundaries of some of the greatest music ever made. I agree the Hall of Shame needs them more than they need to be inducted. Martin Ian and the boys thank you for making my life much more enjoyable and millions around the globe!!

Posted by docchalk on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 11:24am


for all you youngsters,here is a lesson I want to inpart to you, is an oid expression one I must insist is true,history time boys and girls.In 68 I saw jethro tull at the Newport jazz festival,and at that time on one had ever heard of them,they blew the festival out of the water. read what Ian said on the cover of this was:things change don't they: when you have albums like This Was Stand UP Benefit Warchild Aqualung Songs from the wood Heavy Horses,some one needs to tell me how they are not in the hall did any one know that Benefit was the # 1 album in 69 sold out more shows than zepplin,that yr Ian and all of the musicians that have played with Tull are the best Ian always got the best out of everyone, the band plays very complex music,and has always being tight once in awhile some thing comes along that is always overlooked and in this case is JETHRO TULL but you know that OK I know they are the best

Posted by eric on Monday, 04.13.09 @ 09:03am


I'm fairly certain this is my first comment on the Jethro Tull page. I would just like to express my support for Jethro Tull and to say that if the Hall ever inducts a 2nd prog rock band (Pink Floyd was the first) it should be Jethro Tull. "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath" are definately among 2 of the coolest songs out there

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 17:35pm


Since we're doing some trivia I figured I throw one of my own in. Tony Iommi(Black Sabbath) is featured on Jethro Tull's "A Song for Jeffrey" on the Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Circus. Here the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBmXacFgUBs

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 20:49pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Jethro Tull collaborated with Tears For Fears, It would be called...

What is "Songs From The Big Wooden Chair"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 20:43pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Jethro Tull were to do a song with the Association, It would be called...

What is "Along Comes Cross-Eyed Mary"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 17:15pm


Flutes don't rock
/thread

Posted by anoon on Wednesday, 09.30.09 @ 11:17am


Flutes do rock, anoon. And besides, it's not like Jethro Tull only played flutes. Listen to Martin Barre's guitar solo in "Aqualung."


As mrxyz would say, "All you need is ears!!"

Posted by Milestones on Wednesday, 09.30.09 @ 11:29am


"It must all be a game of chess he's playing...."

A Large part of the problem re Jethro Tull is the Rock press never could "Get a Handle" on them....then or now !

Their music was very distinctive...it veered from jazzy Rock to Acoustic Folky tinged Singer/songwriter style....to involved complex long pieces with prog Rock stance...

the British Music Press "went to war" against Jethro Tull in the early Seventies....i recall one Leading British Music Paper rather than Review "Songs From The Wood" album gave TEN laughably infantile reasons why they would not....!

Significantly Tull ARE still going...that Music Paper is NOT...

younger people might slag Tull off as "Rock Dinosaurs"...without understanding the sheer range & complexity of their music over the years...IF any into "Punk" do that they are TOTALLY missing the point...as Tull were far more "rebellious" & "Questioning of The Estblishment" than ANY Punk band ever !!! - Johnny Rotten Lydon (now with perfect teeth I note !) currently reduced to doing Butter Commercials in the UK to earn cash & maintain some kind of Public profile... (wow ! - How Terribly "Anti Establishment" !)

Even those who dismiss Tull's later works...where their old themes of questioning Established ideas are STILL pursued...should bear in mind songs like "Working John Working Joe", "Black Sunday", "Watching You Watching Me" etc....and the POINTS they raise...much as "My God" or "Aqualung"

Who can tell me what "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey & Me" refers to....(I got it...but many years after first hearing it)

Yes...Baker Street Tube Station is exactly FIFTY FEET DOWN...from Street level ("Baker Street Muse")..."Orion's dog "...DOES indeed Outshine his Lord and master (Being Astronomically a brighter constellation) ....and a zillion other Ian Anderson "Lyrical observations" are spot on....

add to that all the Top Instrumentalists that have graced the incarnations of Tull...and the musical innovation...and you have a truly Rebellious, thought provoking, original & progressive Band....who cannot be "Tagged" or Catergorised in any way...thus Music writers LOATHE them....some people FAIL to understand them....Fashion geeks DETEST them....and the "Hall of Fame" will obviously prefer to "Play safe"...and ignore them !

"But you're wrong Steve...you see it's Only Solitaire..."

Posted by Paul on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 03:04am


Ian Anderson has a flute solo on Love & Rockets "No New Tale to Tell"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 03:37am


Paul - You a Tull fan?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 05:29am


Jethro Tull is clearly Being Overlooked...One of the Best Rock Bands of all Time. Great touring band as well...I have no respect for any Commitee that would nominate The Talking Heads or Blondie...And omit Jethro Tull...Disgraceful

Posted by Thomas Green on Sunday, 02.7.10 @ 22:44pm


OPENING LINES

Sitting on a park bench -- eyeing little girls with bad intent

-Aqualung, Jethro Tull

Children play in the park, they don't know
I'm alone in the dark, even though

-Make Me Smile, Chicago

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 03.14.10 @ 08:29am


Roy...are you trying to say Tull stole the idea for "Aqualung" from Chicago...highly unlikely!!!

If that were the case, I'm left to wonder where they got their inspiration for "Kissing Willie" from...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.14.10 @ 08:54am


What a bunch of BS that Abba went into the RRHOF before Jethro Tull,King Crimson,Yes,Ten Years After,Moody Blues and tons of other bands that Abba can't hold a jockstrap too! The idiots who select inductees are a joke!!!

Posted by robohawk on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 02:56am


I think Jethro Tull should get in But Abba was a good choice also

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 06:02am


Well, Roy...lyrics can be deciphered different ways by whoever is listening to them. I have no idea where you draw your conclusions from. Now, you've spent over a year talking (or sharing what others say) about Chicago...and very little else. So far, I don't see where you've gained any ground convincing anyone that they deserve induction! You don't seem to have your own thoughts on what makes them so innovative or influential (let's face it, there's not a lot of "little Chicagos" out there making music...just the same old group with different faces playing the same tired stuff.

...and you say I'm not too bright...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 08:19am


That wasn't me. Someone used my name, but I don't care!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 11:18am


Join the club...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 18:34pm


Fine posts by Clav and Bryan. I second there thoughts. It is very frustrating year after year to see Tull overlooked. The inclusion of lesser bands before Tull is simply amazing. Tull's body of work is astounding. Anderson is a master lyricist, musician and tireless performer. The bottom line is if Jethro Tull does not, hands down, meet the criteria for inclusion in the HOF, then NO band does.

Posted by chris on Saturday, 04.3.10 @ 18:20pm


"The bottom line is if Jethro Tull does not, hands down, meet the criteria for inclusion in the HOF, then NO band does." - chris

Seconded, though I'm not sure where you're going with the no other band bit. I'm not sure about influence, but they were for sure innovative enough to make up for that. Yes to Tull... using a flute in a Hard Rock context? Fusing folk and Hard Rock? Definitely innovation there! Way overdue.

And to classicrocker... there were innovations going on in the 80's. I reccomend Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, New Order and The Stone Roses to hear ideas that were new in the 80's (I'm sure Liam can provide you with even more, if he ever returns to the site.) For the 90's... try Suede (glam mixed with indie), Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Soundgarden, Tool... that'll do for now.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 04.28.10 @ 19:50pm


Hard Rock-Folk Fusion

Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.10.10 @ 06:13am


FLUTE ROCK

01. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
02. Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
03. Walter Parazaider (Chicago)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.10.10 @ 06:25am


It's insulting that they are being dismissed along with Deep Purple and Phil Ochs

Posted by andrew Opitz on Saturday, 07.3.10 @ 23:40pm


Nice to see FRL giving Jethro Tull 34% induction chances

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 09:44am


And they've been previously considered! Well that's always good to see.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 09:46am


Unfortunately, Tahvo, when they go 16 years without being nominated, the consideration looks pointless. They'll need either a new regime or a weak year to have a real chance.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 20:02pm


That's probably true Sam

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 02:59am


I agree that Tull ought to be in HOF however I do believe they lost there creativity long ago-perhaps after the thick as a brick album. I also agree with another critic that I do not believe they have influenced other musicians that much. There early music was quite unique.

Posted by ww on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 16:24pm


no, way to overrated

Posted by quota on Sunday, 08.8.10 @ 10:45am


no, way to overrated

Posted by quota on Sunday, 08.8.10 @ 10:45am

Overrated? How? Just because you say so?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 08.9.10 @ 10:36am


In my opinion the very best group ever -Who else could pull off the great song writing riffs and influence in music in general .Sell over 60 million albums and not yet be in the hall .What a joke-Shows you how lame those who make these decisions are.

Posted by Tom on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 08:00am


Please consider inducting Jethro Tull. I grew up listening to them. Their musicanship and attention to detail of this group is amazing. Another group to consider would be the Moody Blues. The life-long dedication of these performers and their body of work compels me to post this. Whenever the hall gets mentioned in various media, I cannot help thinking about those that haven't made it (as of yet) along with those that did. Thanks, Steve

Posted by Steve Carlsen on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 13:58pm


More than a farce that all the following have not been included, Jethro Tull should have been unanimous in 93, also Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, King Crimson, Richard Thompson, Dave Alvin, well maybe not quite 25 yrs solo yet for him, and the inventor of zydeco Clifton Chenier. Now most of these folks are not outand out rockers, but with the exception of Clifton Chenier their records are normally found under rock. Since Miles is in there how about Trane and Sun Ra both of whom influenced rockers? And to a more exploratory end than Black bloody Sabbath

Posted by ion on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 03:39am


So the Rock Hall doesn't like Prog because by drawing from classical elements, prog rock implied to some that rock itself wasn’t artistically interesting or important enough to contain its complex ideas. And for many critics prog strayed too far from rock’s African-American origins, reinforcing the stereotype that associated European music with the intellect and African music with the body. Prog rockers considered Bo Diddley too simple. In other words, Europeans use their heads to write music (that's Prog), while Africans use their private parts to write music (that's Rock). Furthermore, Europeans are intellectuals and Africans are sex crazed.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 04:01am


Bashing a top-tier band like Sabbath won't do you any favors. Also, Roy, you ever heard of Pink Floyd or Traffic? So much for the "no prog" rule! Though that's a good piece you wrote.

"And for many critics prog strayed too far from rock’s African-American origins, reinforcing the stereotype that associated European music with the intellect and African music with the body."

And yet some people would rather there be no R&B, soul or hip-hop in the Hall. My friend irony is pissing himself laughing right now.

That said, Tull didn't really write long songs (in comparison with most other proggers) and they didn't write too many multi-sectioned songs, so I'm not too sure why they're considered prog.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 08:10am


http://rockhall.com/blog/post/5442_a-response-to-why-no-yes-in-t/

Sam, my comment is in response to Dr. Onkey's article about why no Yes in the Rock Hall.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 01.24.11 @ 10:54am


A total farce. Jackson Browne is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and Jethro Tull is not??? The lack of having Jethro Tull in the Hall of Fame is an absolute insult to Tull guitarist Martin Barre. Ridiculous...

Posted by themayorn206 on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 03:36am


I don't understand why people feel they need to insult one artist in order to elevate another. Yes, Jackson Browne is in the Hall and rightly so. Jethro Tull should be in the Hall and they aren't unfortunately. Why can't Jackson Browne AND Jethro Tull both be in the Hall? Why do fans always feel the need to say that someone should be kicked out of the Hall for their beloved act (whoever it is) to be able to get in? It's not like there's a limit on inductees that has already been reached and Jackson Browne is in the Hall giving the one-finger salute to Jethro Tull who are on the outside looking in.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 03:52am


Jethro Tull in the Hall of Fame is so simple and straightforward, they should be able to do it standing on one leg . . .

(ugh . . . :)

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 03:35am


LONG OVERDUE!!!!!!!

Posted by JIMI on Friday, 03.4.11 @ 23:22pm


I don't begrudge any of the other bands their induction, i just think it's riotously unjust that Tull haven't taken their rightful place alongside them.

A great band with many brilliant songs, masterfully performed.

Lots of great comments here about Tull's work (well said, 'Paul on Friday, 12.18.09'!), and lots of comments that show a fairly profound lack of awareness regarding their body of work (not trying to start a flame war - just a statement of fact). If a person doesn't like them that's fine - but saying things like 'they weren't creative after TaaB', 'They weren't influential.', or 'They didn't write many long or multi-sectioned songs' is just mad.

There seems (to me) to be a couple of significant problems with people's appreciation of the band and their catalog - problems that have become impediments to inclusion. 1) Tull had a particularly awful, even adversarial, relationship with the critics. AWFUL. That relationship has clearly (imo) poisoned the voting pool. Depending on who one believes, that bad relationship is the fault of either Anderson himself, or his representation. I imagine it's a bit of both, but it's Anderson's responsibility, ultimately. Regardless, the band and their contributions should be judged independently of whether or not someone doesn't get along with someone else. If arrogance, poorly considered PR stunts, or bad attitudes justified exclusion, the Hall of Fame would be one lonely place. 2) People seem to be removing their music from it's own context. Lots of things that are cliched today were once exciting new ground. Just because we see it as cheesy by today's standards, doesn't mean it was cheesy when it was released, nor does that opinion detract from their influence on the wider rock world. One album length piece of music. Heavy/overt classical influences. Flashy/uber-deluxe packaging (born of Anderson's creativity, not some company's). Concert-as-theatrical-show production. Theme albums. The young music critic may see all those as trite today, but at one time they were ground-breaking developments, and they inspired and influenced other artists to expand the definition of what was considered "rock and roll".

I can certainly understand how Tull might not be a person's cup of tea when it comes to pleasure listening - but there is no rational way to ignore or dismiss the influence of Jethro Tull on the development of what is today referred to collectively as rock and roll. They deserve inclusion. They've EARNED inclusion - many times over.

As JIMI said.... Long (long, long, looooong....) overdue.

Posted by Brian in WV on Sunday, 03.13.11 @ 13:42pm


That said, Tull didn't really write long songs (in comparison with most other proggers) and they didn't write too many multi-sectioned songs, so I'm not too sure why they're considered prog.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 08:10am

I agree with you on this one, Jethro Tull have always been for me more of a folk rock/hard rock hybrid who dabbled in symphonic rock and may have had a proggish streak in the early 70's, but weren't a full-out prog band, IMO. I'm not sure why they've been stuck in the hardcore prog label along with acts like ELP and Yes. Is it just because they incorporated some classical and jazz elements into their music? Because Thick As a Brick was a concept album? I can agree the prog label can be applied to them but they weren't 100% prog, so to speak.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 06:49am


I visited the Rock over the weekend . I cant believe Tull is not in there. There are a bunch of Yahoos that mad it in??? He recently won a Grammy and has lasted for years with so much material.

Posted by ROBERT on Tuesday, 04.26.11 @ 15:32pm


Hell, back in the day there was no such thing as "progressive". It was rock 'n roll or it wasn't. Tull is a rock band. Hell, if you want progressive then the Beatles were king of the hill!

Posted by greg on Tuesday, 05.3.11 @ 08:43am


FLUTE ROCK

Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Walter Parazaider (Chicago)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:01am


Judging from the list in the R&RHOF, Jethro Tull is head and heels above many. The R&RHOF has lost some integrity on this one.

Posted by james willoz jr. on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 21:30pm


Influence: Jethro TUll have been cited as an influence by many prog rock bands and even Iron Maiden. Yes 30%
Innovation: prog rock had been done before and so had flutes. 0%
Commercial Sucess: Jethro Tull used to be a pretty big band in the 70's and sold a fair number of albums. 20%.
Critical Respect: Jethro Tull is only just starting to get the critical respect they deserve and some still haven't forgiven them for releasing Thick As A Brick. 15%

65%, worthy of induction but probably a 2nd or third ballot band.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 15:22pm


thick as a brick should be gfw name..This is JT best LP I the wonder what ever happen to the boy wonder that wrote the tune ..?

Posted by rockstar on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 16:27pm


Probably more befitting you, I love Thick As A Brick, but most critics see it as self indulgent and prog wankery unfortunately.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 16:39pm


GFW, I've been following your Worthiness for Induction Analyses. You have pretty objective and worthwhile opinions, keep em coming. (I'd like to see what you think on The Smiths, Journey, Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, and Death Cab for Cutie.

Posted by Paul Kagebein on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 18:28pm


Well for Journey...

Influence: Journey have been a big influence on the melodic/arena rock scene. 30%
Innovation: They were one of the first aerna rock bands, but not the first. 15%
Critical Respect: Barely any. 0%
Commercial Sucess: This is where Journey definetly hits big. 20%
(for bonuses I'll be using besteveralbums.com, best album list there is)

65%, deserves induction, but can wait a bit.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 09.19.11 @ 11:52am


Incase it intrests you Paul i'm doing a blog for this.
I'm doing it differently though, instead of figuring out if an artist is worhy of entering I'm using the scores to figure out when they should get in and trying to make the best hall possible. incase you're intrested go on this

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 09.20.11 @ 15:13pm


If you posted a link it didn't show up, but I'd like to take a look.

Posted by Paul Kagebein on Thursday, 09.22.11 @ 13:36pm


http://fohrnr.blogspot.com

going to post the first batch soon. AFter that i'll be starting with the ones inducted in 1986.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 09.22.11 @ 15:53pm


GFW, you look like you've set up your own "Induction Chances" column, a'la this site.

You planning to go into business on your own? :)

The one thing I've yet to figure out is how the Admin. comes up w/the numbers they use for the "Induction Chances". I don't suppose you have a secret formula here, or is this just #'s rattling around in your head?

I leave you to prognisticate in peace, oh wizened one...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 09.23.11 @ 06:30am


Just numbers in my head, i give them what i think they're worth in terms of influence or innovation. the critical respect ones and commercial ones ar emuch easier to do than inf/inn.

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Posted by creedePoele on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 04:17am


Hard to fathom the absence of this band.

Posted by Skip on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 05:31am


"I Have No Time For Time Magazine Or Rolling Stone"..Ian Anderson.This is a quote from Minstrel In The Gallery.Get over it Jann.Jethro Tull are one of the greatest bands in Rock'n'Roll history and my personal favorite.You discredit the institute by not recognizing them and other so called Prog.-Rock bands,RUSH,YES.WTF

Posted by Bruce Parris on Thursday, 12.29.11 @ 22:56pm


Jethro Tull was arguably the biggest live act in the world from about 1972 to 1976. In terms of sales, upwards of 50 million albums. Don't know what Ian did to offend you all, but this borders on history "revision" to ignore such a great and influencial band from the past while other "pet" bands who couldn't sell an album to family members have been inducted.

Posted by Ken on Wednesday, 01.25.12 @ 15:44pm


On the first week of April, Ian Anderson will release Thick As A Brick 2 which will bring Gerald Bostock 40 years into the future! Should be interesting, but I don't know if the magic of the original can be rekindled.

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 03.16.12 @ 01:35am


Not inducting Tull into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reminds me of what another Hall of Fame did to Ron Santo. Are they waiting for Ian Anderson to die? It's a shame.

Posted by DK on Sunday, 03.18.12 @ 16:02pm


Tull's 1978 Madison Square Garden concert should be enough to get them in.

Posted by Tull Fan on Wednesday, 03.21.12 @ 23:03pm


Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull should have been inducted long time ago. Definite favorite band.

Posted by charmedjannie on Saturday, 05.5.12 @ 10:31am


charmedjannie ,,,,I agree they are 1in a million..
lets hope they get in

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 05.5.12 @ 22:11pm


The obvious thing is, all one need do is consult the concert program for the Jethro Tull 25th Anniversay Tour. Among other cool tidbits contained therein, are concert poster and handbill reproductions scattered throughout. Listed on these posters, are the bands who OPENED for Tull during years gone by, some of whom have been inducted into The Hall already; Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band comes to mind. Blasphemous! At this point IA, would most likely not show up.

Posted by PBinLosAngeles on Friday, 06.15.12 @ 14:40pm


Beastie Boys in and Jethro Tull not, PLEASE!

Posted by kenny on Monday, 08.13.12 @ 18:32pm


^^^^Kenny, Im pretty sure the Beastie Boys have had more influence than Jethro Tull, though they are innovative by using a flute and sold a lot of records that doesnt exactly get them in the rock hall. The rock hall really like to induct artists that have a lot of influence

Posted by Jefff on Tuesday, 08.14.12 @ 00:24am


It just dawned on me that we pretty much inducted Thick As A Brick twice.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.2.12 @ 14:39pm


The only band to consecutively sell out our 20,000 seat arena in Cincinnati was Jethro Tull. For 5 years in a row you couldnt get a ticket unless you had someone you new behind the counter at ticketmaster. This trend continued until 1980s A album which was supposed to be Ians solo project until label insisted he release it as a Tull album. Thats when the confusion over Tulls experimentation with style started and has never stopped.I recently had the thrill of seeing TAAB2 in Newark Oh. on Nov. 5th last US concert until next year and believe me and the other 2500 soldout show fans it was perfection. Ian and Tull forever. Screw the hall of shame.E

Posted by jim schott on Monday, 01.14.13 @ 11:20am


This is Jim in Cinci. again. Not that it matters all that much to you folks out there in cyber land all that much but sorry for my lack of hurried and poorly spelled and organized text. Just an uber Tull fan since 1968 and have had the pleasure of meeting Ian at another sold out show in 1998 at Louisville Ky's beautiful Palace theater. That was a sold out show as well. There were 5000 people at that event and I was in the front row with friends who had purchased our tickets for my birthday. It was like all the Tull shows I've seen--perfect in every detail. I was in such a hurry to get my last comment in that I forgot to mention that the show in Newark was both TAAB1 and TAAB2 with a half hour break between sets. The show featured super light show with a projected backdrop of old concert footage and a storytelling theme about both TAABs. Ian's energy is contagious and amazing. To inspire and still move people to their feet to this day and sound as fresh as the first time I saw them live made me so hyper during the drive home was a pleasant flashback--a great look over my shoulder at an amazed 20 year old seeing raw talent and musical invention for the first time. The show ended with Locomotive Breath. It certainly took all of mine away. (and all that much and such) Jim

Posted by Jim Schott on Monday, 01.14.13 @ 12:10pm


Rush and Heart's upcoming induction may have just increased the chances that Jethro Tull will be nominated, if not inducted within the next few years.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 02.3.13 @ 13:47pm


Jethro Tull

01. Ian Anderson (1967-Present: vocals, flute, guitar)
02. Mick Abrahams (1967-1969: vocals, guitar)
03. Glenn Cormick (1967-1971: bass)
04. Clive Bunker (1967-1971: drums)
05. Martin Barre (1969-Present: guitar)
06. John Evan (1970-1979: keyboards)
07. Jeffrey Hammond (1971-1975: bass)
08. Barrie Barriemore Barlow (1971-1980: drums)
09. John Glascock (1975-1979: bass)
10. David Palmer (1975-1979: keyboards)
11. Dave Pegg (1979-1995: bass; Fairport Convention)
12. Peter-John Vettese (1982-1987: keyboards)
13. Doane Perry (1984-Present: drums)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:14am


Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson and Martin Barre produced so much great work. Should of been inducted "back in the year one".

Posted by cy on Saturday, 06.1.13 @ 15:05pm


For their level of consistently excellent recordings alone, Jethro Tull deserves enshrinement into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.18.13 @ 10:10am


Has the world gone MAD,,? they are not in Wow!

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 07.9.13 @ 23:17pm


Since someone had mentioned Jethro Tull, I feel that it is only fitting that I mention what my opinion of this band is from one of my old webpages:

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/jethrotullindex.html


Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 05:55am


Since someone had mentioned Jethro Tull, I feel that it is only fitting that I mention what my opinion of this band is from one of my old webpages:

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/jethrotullindex.html


Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 05:57am


What's going on with Jethro Tull, now? What has Ian Anderson been up to, lately?

I remember that the first album that I had purchased by Jethro Tull was "Songs From The Wood;" that was over 32 years ago. In addition to shorter works, such as 'Aqualung,' Jethro Tull had written some very long, very interesting songs, 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' are both around 45 minutes long.

I am not quite certain, why Jethro Tull had won a "Heavy Metal" Grammy for "Crest Of A Knave," but perhaps to the Grammy committee which has failed to recognize "progressive rock," "progressive rock" is the same as "heavy metal." I certainly hope not!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 12.28.13 @ 11:22am


Jethro Tull should absolutely be in the Hall of Fame but only after Yes and the Moody Blues go in first. For well over a decade from the late 60's to late 70's, Ian Anderson and company put out classics tracks and albums at a rate that would make most bands jealous.

The amazing thing is that Ian Anderson is still touring and is doing or just finished up a tour in which he played the entire "Thick as a Brick" album straight through (as well as "Thick as a Brick 2" which he released as a solo album a few years back).

Long live Tull!!

Posted by Tom H. on Friday, 01.10.14 @ 15:13pm


I don't understand how they can not be inducted?

Maybe if we could donate Martin's Les Paul JR. which he recorded Aqualung with, while Jimmy Page waived at him, it might help.

I know where it is? I have emailed the Museum, I will let you know what they say.

Posted by Doug Weisberg on Tuesday, 02.4.14 @ 17:31pm


^^ True the above comment. (don't know about the Les Paul?) The main player is Ian Anderson - get ahold of his flute and airmail that to the nomination committee! By airmail I mean knock them over their dumb skulls with it!

Posted by Telarock on Tuesday, 02.4.14 @ 18:29pm


I was really disappointed that Jethro Tull was not in the Hall of Fame. I guess if you never sa them in concert you just wouldn't understand.
These guys were true musicians and leaving us guessing what was going to come next.
Love them!

Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 04.27.14 @ 17:02pm


After reading many of these comments I just have to laugh, one person along the way actually stated something along the lines of, "Tull not being as popular as other bands during their heyday should not keep them out of the hall , well not to date myself but you would be hard pressed to find a bigger world draw then Tull was, say from 1971 tru 74-75, but that really is not their most enduring legacy, what is, is, This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit, not to mention the 3 obscure albums that followed. Those six works alone should have secured their induction, or that lovely album so forgotten, Living in the Past, with it's wonderful collection of songs, and word smithing. Somehow I think Ian does not really mind, since that was not what he was ever about, and as he so famously said, "I rather look around me, and compose a better song, since that's the honest measure of my worth."

Posted by John Russo on Wednesday, 05.21.14 @ 22:58pm


RIP, Glenn Cornick, bass player on the first three Tull albums: "This Was," "Stand Up" and "Benefit"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 08.29.14 @ 20:47pm


They've been snubbed for so long that much like Deep Purple, band members are dropping dead.

Don't you think 21 years is enough of a snubbing to these guys?

They'll be in coffins before they are in the Hall. It just smacks of vendetta that they are not in yet.



Posted by Hunter Morrow on Saturday, 08.30.14 @ 20:52pm


Snubbed once again. What joke.

Posted by Cubsfan on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 08:30am


Look no matter what you think about the music, or the cloths AND ACT, or a comment made in anger from years past, there is one thing that is historical fact. From about the very end of 1971, until late 1974 early 75 Jethro Tull was the most popular and largest concert draw in the WORLD, barring no one, I was there and a witness it. I happen to personally believe that Ian Anderson was and is a musical genus, my opinion only, but based upon the above they should have been inducted years ago before about 90% of the ones so awarded. So please do not, do it now, somehow I believe that Ian could care less at this point, for as he once said, I RATHER LOOK AROUND ME AND COMPOSE A BETTER SONG, FOR THATS THE HONEST MEASURE OF MY WORTH!!!!!!!!!

Posted by John Russo on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 23:59pm


There is absolutely no reason for Jethro Tull to be snubbed from the Hall of Fame. And for 21 years no less. They are arguably one of the greatest bands ever and should have been inducted years ago.

Posted by Joe Sinnott on Monday, 01.19.15 @ 09:58am


You are absolutely correct Joe. Jethro Tell is another of those bands whose induction should have been insured decades ago!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 01.20.15 @ 08:54am


I am sorry, I had meant to say, "You are absolutely correct Joe. Jethro Tull is another one of those bands whose induction should have been ensured decades ago."

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 01.21.15 @ 00:46am


JT. Is one the best bands!!!!! There music has transcended to include a lot of the younger generation!!! they've made more than 30 albums!!! They should've been in the HOF more than 25 yrs ago. Could we get a grass roots movement to get them inducted!!!!! please email me thnx .

Posted by Kushbadhwar on Monday, 03.2.15 @ 15:31pm


Just toured the HOF. Had to go back a second time after viewing signature wall. Had gotten to T, and much to my shock, no Tull. Walked back to A, and no Anderson. Couldn't leave the place fast enough.
Have followed the band since Aqualung, Saw my first concert in 1972. "Thick as a Brick" stage performance. Never thought I would hear better musical intricacies, or more cerebral lyrics. Still searching for lyrics, although I must confess, to being a "Dead Head" since'75, and believe Jerry and the boys set the musical intricacy bar to an unsurpassed level.
What drugs are the nominating committees taking to look past Tull/Anderson. I certainly want no part of them, or their drugs.
Unrivaled stage shows, millions of records sold, die hard fan following, complex and tight musicianship, lyrics to make a person think, and a minstrel blush. And a one legged flute soloist as an ever endearing and enduring icon. What more could the supposed hallowed halls of Rock n Roll possibly want? Beastie Boys and Guns n Roses, I guess.

Posted by DDHeadDDS on Friday, 03.27.15 @ 14:04pm


Just toured the HOF. Had to go back a second time after viewing signature wall. Had gotten to T, and much to my shock, no Tull. Walked back to A, and no Anderson. Couldn't leave the place fast enough.
Have followed the band since Aqualung, Saw my first concert in 1972. "Thick as a Brick" stage performance. Never thought I would hear better musical intricacies, or more cerebral lyrics. Still searching for lyrics, although I must confess, to being a "Dead Head" since'75, and believe Jerry and the boys set the musical intricacy bar to an unsurpassed level.
What drugs are the nominating committees taking to look past Tull/Anderson. I certainly want no part of them, or their drugs.
Unrivaled stage shows, millions of records sold, die hard fan following, complex and tight musicianship, lyrics to make a person think, and a minstrel blush. And a one legged flute soloist as an ever endearing and enduring icon. What more could the supposed hallowed halls of Rock n Roll possibly want? Beastie Boys and Guns n Roses, I guess.

Posted by DDHeadDDS on Friday, 03.27.15 @ 14:14pm


Although I agree that Jethro Tull is long overdue for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, the Nominating Committee may not get around to inducting them for a few more years.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 03.29.15 @ 20:30pm


Yeah they deserve to get in.

Bob Lefsetz made a playlist titled 'Why Jethro Tull Belongs In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'

https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/1QLxhPLevsyo3FaRn9CEcn

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 05.9.15 @ 18:18pm


Jethro Tull was one of the most talented, powerful, thought provoking, inspirational rock bands of all time. They were not basically bluesy like Zeppelin and the rest. Not a band you can just put a label on and say they were just this or that. They were in a league of their own. There was and still is so much talent in the form of the great Ian Anderson, who in my mind IS Jethro Tull. There is no Tull without Ian. He was and still is the essence of Tull. Immensely talented and gifted man. He and Jethro Tull easily wiped the floor with the rest of them out there. In a league of talent, far from the rest. Yet there are so many other bands and artists who got into the RRHF who just don't belong there. I call it like I see it and I tell it like it is! Bank on it!

Posted by bob S. on Friday, 01.15.16 @ 22:34pm


He should most definatley be nominated and inducted into the Rock and roll hall of fame... It's about time. Really.

Posted by Roxanne on Sunday, 05.1.16 @ 23:13pm


I love Jethro Tull. They are one of my favorite Bands. Ian Anderson is a terrific talent with the Flute. I agree with Enig. Although Jethro Tull is long overdue for an induction the Nominating Committee may not get around to them at all for a few more Years. They are my Fav prog band. The Moody Blues are second for the Genre. I feel the Moody Blues will be inducted first on the Virtue of coming first as well as more popular over the years.

Its a similar thing with Yes. I think they will be inducted before Tull. They didn't come first but they were more huge in the Arena and are more known even though many like me Know Tull well.

Posted by Ben on Thursday, 05.19.16 @ 14:19pm


Jethro Tull is my 5th favorite "progressive rock" band, slightly below Pink Floyd and slightly above Gentle Giant. That being said, if Jethro Tull were to appear on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomnation ballot, I would certainly vote for them.


Here are my 15 favorite progressive rock bands, in reverse order:

15. Alan Parson's Project
14. Genesis
13. Renaissance
12. Electric Light Orchestra
11. Jefferson Airplane
10. Kansas
09. Talking Heads
08. Duran Duran
07. King Crimson
06. Gentle Giant
05. Jethro Tull
04. Pink Floyd
03. The Moody Blues
02. Yes
01. Rush


Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 07.18.16 @ 09:44am


Halls of Fame base their veracity on not only who is in the hall, but who is kept out. By keeping out some very talented, successful acts, the RRHOL builds a myth that only the very, very, very (and might I say, very) best get beyond its hallowed walls. Hence the snub to Tull and all the other great bands listed here. As Michael Nesmith pointed out, RRHOL is a private business run by its owners to produce a product. And that's the way it should be.

Posted by Chris Schultz on Tuesday, 08.23.16 @ 18:05pm


Jethro Tull is my fifth favorite "progressive rock" band after Rush, Yes, The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. In my honest opinion, they also deserve immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Ian Aderson has written great lyrics and great music for nearly 50 years, although Jethro Tull is on indefinite hiatus. I was introduced to the music of Jethro Tull through "Songs From The Wood." I have now been an aficionado of their music for over 35 years.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.4.16 @ 10:58am


I think after the Moody Blues are inducted, they might be the next longtime snub to be nominated or even inducted.

Posted by Christian on Tuesday, 09.13.16 @ 17:15pm


Jethro Tull

01. Ian Anderson (1967-Present: vocals, flute, guitar)
02. Mick Abrahams (1967-1969: vocals, guitar)
03. Glenn Cormick (1967-1971: bass)
04. Clive Bunker (1967-1971: drums)
05. Martin Barre (1969-Present: guitar)
06. John Evan (1970-1979: keyboards)
07. Jeffrey Hammond (1971-1975: bass)
08. Barrie Barriemore Barlow (1971-1980: drums)
09. John Glascock (1975-1979: bass)
10. David Palmer (1975-1979: keyboards)
11. Dave Pegg (1979-1995: bass; Fairport Convention)
12. Peter-John Vettese (1982-1987: keyboards)
13. Doane Perry (1984-Present: drums)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 01.9.17 @ 03:17am


I have not dwelled on Jethro Tull as much as I should. They are one of my favorite bands. Jethro Tull is long overdue for an induction. As I said last year they are my favorite "progressive rock"
band. The Moody Blues are my 2nd favorite for the genre. Ian Anderson is a terrific flute player and has written great lyrics and music for nearly 50 years at this point.

I do think the Moody Blues will be inducted first due to their somewhat greater success and following. However, once the Moody Blues are inducted Jethro Tull would probably be a prog act to follow. Now there is Emerson, Lake and Palmer to consider also. Due to the recent deaths of 2 members they may be inducted before Tull as well. So after the Moody Blues and ELP I think Jethro Tull will be inducted.

I was introduced to the music of Jethro Tull with Benefit and Aqualung. I have known their music for over 35 years like Enig.

Posted by Ben on Monday, 04.24.17 @ 06:43am


It is incomprehensible to me that Jethro Tull has not yet been inducted into the RnR Hall of Fame.
One of the greatest live acts in the history of rock, featuring the genius Ian Anderson, one of the top 4 frontman performers (nod to Bruce, Mick and Freddy) who ever lived. The albums Aqualung and Thick As A Brick, two out of the three greatest concept albums of all time (nod to Tommy). Not to mention their innovation of the big screen concert idea, theirs dubbed Tullavision at their NYC Shea Stadium concert years before it became a standard. They once held the record for sold out Madison Square Garden concerts. This in an afront to any true rock fan. It is time committee...let's get this done!

Posted by Jon Yoelson on Thursday, 05.11.17 @ 11:53am


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