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Ian Anderson coming to Mesa to share more of Gerald Bostock

Ian Anderson and band
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Gerald Bostock is slowly becoming one of the more prolific songwriters in progressive rock history. Which is something considering that Gerald Bostock is a fictional character created by Jethro Tull’s front man, Ian Anderson. Danny Zelisko Presents announced yesterday that Anderson will be performing The Best of Jethro Tull plus selections from Anderson's newest studio album (allegedly written by Bostock), “Homo Erraticus,” on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Ikeda Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa.

A then 8 year old Bostock was credited as writing the lyrics to Jethro Tull’s highly successful 1972 album, “Thick as a Brick.” In 2012, Ian Anderson released “Thick as a Brick 2,” another concept album that explored the different paths Gerald’s life might have taken over the past 40 years.

After a 40 year political career and then reuniting with Anderson, taking the role of Anderson’s tour manager on a string of shows, Bostock wrote a new album, “Homo Erraticus.” Homo Erraticus’ is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928). Performed by Ian Anderson and his band, the album is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2014.

In “Homo Erraticus.” Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an Iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

Of course, if you are familiar with Anderson’s sense of humor, the correct release date of “Homo Erraticus” should be April 1, 2014.

After a successful two year worldwide tour, where crowds saw Ian Anderson and his fellow musicians, bass player David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, guitarist Florian Ophale, drummer Scott Hammond, and vocalist Ryan O’Donnell play “Thick as a Brick,” and “Thick as a Brick 2,” in their entirety, the same line up returns for Ian Anderson’s 2014 tour. However, this time around, expect the best of Jethro Tull, a retrospective of 46 years of the songs of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson.

As anyone who saw Anderson’s performance last year in Phoenix can tell you, the man can still handle the rigors of playing flute while perched on one leg after running back and forth across the stage. Of course, the fact that Anderson can make flute playing cool is impressive by itself.

Tickets for Ian Anderson’s show at the Mesa Arts Center will be priced at $45, $55, $75, and $95 plus any additional service fees. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4th at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Mesa Arts Center box office, by phone at (480) 644-6500 or on line at www.mesaartscenter.com. For further information, check out the Danny Zelisko Presents website.