Jethro Tull Rocks Utica Memorial Aud

It was 42 years ago today when Jethro Tull brought his unique brand of progressive rock to the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

In 1980, Jethro Tull was in a period of transition, musically. The late 1970s saw them release three albums that could be described as “folk rock”. In early 1980 there was a huge reshuffling of the lineup and a shift to a more electronic sound for the album. A. And as part of the support tour for this album, they stopped in Utica before playing two dates at Madison Square Garden.

Not having grown up a big fan of Jethro Tull, they always seemed a little unusual to me…which isn’t a bad thing. But any rock band that relies heavily on the flute is sure to stand out from the crowd.

In retrospect, the flute never really established itself as a hard rock instrument, did it? There weren’t many boys who learned the flute in high school because they wanted to sound like their idol, Jethro Tull.

However, Jethro Tull has carved out a formidable career in rock. Formed in Blackpool, England in 1967, the band have released 22 studio albums and are still active today. The lineup has changed considerably over the years, with vocalist and flautist Ian Anderson being the only constant member.

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Below is Jethro Tull’s setlist from their October 7, 1980 show at the Utica Memorial Auditorium (according to

1.) Black Sunday
2.) Crossfire
3.) Woodland Songs
4.) Hunting Girl
5.) The Pine Marten Jig
6.) Work John, Work Joe
7.) Heavy Horses
8.) Skating on New Day Thin Ice
9.) Solo Flute
10.) Guitar Solo
11.) Keyboard Solo
12.) Batteries not included
13.) Uniform
14.) Drum Solo
15.) Protect and Survive
16.) Guitar Solo
17.) Scuba Diving
18.) Locomotive Breath
19.) Black Sunday (reprise)

Did you see Jethro Tull perform at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on October 7, 1980? What are your memories? We would love to hear from you!

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