When released in 1972 Ian Anderson’s album Thick As a Brick was slotted into the rock opera category. It was an album recorded with a picture of how it would be performed live. The visuals that accompanied the music were deemed just as important. That album consisted of one track that spanned both sides of the record. Now we find ourselves 40 years later and Ian Anderson felt like it was time to revisit his chart topping album and released Thick As a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?
In 2012 he played a show in one of his favourite places – Iceland. At that show he played both Thick As a Brick albums in full. Showing his performance aplomb he meshed them together as one complete theatrical piece. The show involves the man, some video, mime and the backbone of it all – the music.
On stage Anderson is backed up by a band consisting of John O’Hara on keyboards and accordion, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums and percussion, and Ryan O’Donnell on vocals, dance and mime. Despite the fact that he is no longer a 20 or 30-year-old, Ian Anderson is still energetic on stage. In between songs he connects with the audience by engaging in conversation with them and while the music is playing he is a more than able band leader.
The sound and video are both top notch and clear.
- Thick as a Brick (entire original album)
- From a Pebble Thrown
- Pebbles Instrumental
- Might Have Beens
- Upper Sixth Loan Shark
- Banker Bets, Banker Wins
- Swing It Far
- Adrift and Dumbfounded
- Old School Song
- Wootton Bassett Town
- Power and Spirit
- Give Til It Hurts
- Cosy Corner
- Shunt and Shuffle
- A Change of Horses
- Kismet in Suburbia
- What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens
-Interview with Ian Anderson
-Ian Anderson and Claude Nobs Workshop: “Someday the Sun Won’t Shine For You”
-Live at Montreux 2012: “Upper Sixth Loan Shark” and “Banker Bets, Banker Wins”