Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Explains Why He Doesn’t Like Touring

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson recently shared his distaste for touring with Classic Rock. Considering the band is counting down the days for their upcoming tour, ‘The Seven Decades’ Summer/Fall 2023 USA Tour,’ Anderson’s words about the less glamorous side gave a different perspective on life on the road.

The musician said:

“Touring has never filled me with great enjoyment. The concerts are the easy bits because they’re the reason you’re there, but the traveling is the bit I don’t enjoy.”

Anderson revealed that the time spent together on buses and during soundchecks is important, but he prefers to be alone for the rest of the day until he is back on stage doing the easy bit, performing to their fans. He added:

“We spend countless hours sitting on buses together and onstage at soundchecks, but the rest of the day I’m a loner. I’ll spend the day wandering the street in the wet and rain, looking for the worst Indian restaurant in town, where I’ll eat alone. They’ll have breakfast together; then they’ll meet in the lobby and go and do whatever it is they do together. Weird buggers.”

In a 2001 interview right before the musician’s ‘Jethro Tull: Written and Performed by Ian Anderson’ show at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, where he also gave a reason as to why he doesn’t like touring, stating:

“(As for touring) I can’t sleep in a moving vehicle. I don’t feel comfortable overnighting. I’m a very private person. I want to get to my hotel room after a show.”

Before the band hits the road you can listen to Jethro Tull’s latest album ‘RökFlöte’ below.