JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance".
The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales."
"Rupi's Dance", due in North America in mid August, is Anderson's fourth solo album, and his first solo release since 2000's "The Secret Language of Birds".
Meanwhile, JETHRO TULL are scheduled to tour the U.S. in August and are slated to release "The Jethro Tull Christmas Album" in late October.
"Some might venture that the TULL record is not really a new TULL record at all but a quaint and slightly silly Christmassy, fluffy bit of tinsel to cash in on the seasonal market," Anderson wrote on his band's website. "In fact, I am really pleased with what was one of the most difficult musical challenges to overcome — original and reworked material of musical integrity but with an up-beat and TULL-flavored nod to the Christmas festive fling."
JETHRO TULL's last release was "Living with the Past", a career-spanning collection from live concerts, as well as songs re-recorded with original TULL members — Anderson, Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker and Glen Cornick — and a string quartet. A DVD of the same name was released last year.
IAN ANDERSON tour dates (subject to change):
Sep. 20 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theater
Sep. 22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
Sep. 23 - Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre
Sep. 25 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
Sep. 26 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center
Sep. 27 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theater
Sep. 29 Los Angeles, CA - John Anson Ford Theater
Sep. 30 El Cajon, CA - East County Performing Arts Center
Oct. 01 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theater
Oct. 03 - Fort Collins, CO - Lincoln Theater
Oct. 04 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
Oct. 06 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
Oct. 07 - Forth Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall
Oct. 08 - Midwest City, OK - Rose State College Performing Arts Center
Oct. 09 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
Oct. 11 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theater
Oct. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy
Oct. 30 - St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater
Nov. 01 - Sheboygan, WI - Weill Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 02 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Nov. 04 - Detroit, MI - State Theater
Nov. 05 - Canton, OH - Palace Theater
Nov. 06 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center
Nov. 08 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Hall
Nov. 09 - Newhaven, CT - Shubert Theater
Nov. 11 - Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House
Nov. 12 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
Nov. 13 - Harrisburg, PA - The Forum
Nov. 14 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater
Nov. 15 - Collingwood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
Nov. 17 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theater
Nov. 18 - Durham, NC - Fletcher Hall at Carolina Theater
Nov. 20 - West Palm Beach, FL - Carefree Theater
Nov. 21 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Perf. Arts
Nov. 22 - Tampa, FL - Ferguson Hall at Tampa Bay PAC
Nov. 23 - Pensacola, FL - Saenger Theater