A few eyebrows were raised recently when the 40th Anniversary “Thick As A Brick” concert dates were announced and that the line-up did not include Martin Barre. In a recent interview with Classic Rock Revisited Martin reveals: “Jethro Tull is on ice for the foreseeable future, as Ian is doing a solo tour.”
Martin: We’re very separate in what we are doing at this time. There is really no need to discuss it because I know what I want to do and I’m going to do it; that’s the end of it. I’m not going to change it because of what anybody says. I just know what I need to do and I’m very determined, and very focused, to make what I want to do happen.
Jeb: I thought the next Jethro Tull tour would see the band playing Thick as a Brick in its entirety.
Martin: Ian will be doing that; it will not be me.
Jeb: Tull really is taking some time off. I guess that has been a long time coming.
Martin: It has been a long time. It has happened and I’ve had to adapt. It might be a disappointment to some. You’ve just got to turn that disappointment around and make it something positive. Since that is not going to happen, then I will make this happen and I will make this more important.
Jeb: Are saying Jethro Tull is over or just taking a break?
Martin: I don’t know. The music of Tull is my life. I have not only the right to play it but also the will and passion to play it—a passion play, if you will. It is very natural for me to do what I’m going to do.
There is no question that I know my part in the history of Jethro Tull and that means something to me. It is very, very important to me. It might not be to everybody, as there are those who don’t even know who I am when I’m onstage, but to me, it is a huge place in my life. I have 42 and a half years invested in the music of Jethro Tull and I can’t simply turn that off. I don’t want to quit. I don’t care what anybody else thinks of me, right now, this is me, this is my heritage and this is what I want to do and I’m going to do it.
Please click HERE to read Jeb Wright’s full inverview with Martin Barre.