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16 September 1978

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Jethro Tull are set to perform in front of the biggest rock audience ever when they play at New York's Madison Square Garden on Monday, October 9. The 20,000 people in the stadium will be joined by an estimated 400 million around the world when the show is televised live by BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test and transmitted in stereo simultaneously on radio.


Tull's gig is the first rock concert ever to be televised live from America and, as well as being seen in Britain, it is being broadcast to most of Europe, Australia, Brazil, and America itself. Oher countries will show recordings of the concert. Each country's TV network is buying the broadcasting rights from Chrysalis, Tull's record company, who are producing the show.

It goes out in Britain as an Old Grey Whistle Test Special on BBC 2 at 11.15 pm, at the same time as a radio broadcast as part of the John Peel Show on Radio One. It is repeated on BBC 2 on October 14 at 5.55 pm.

The broadcast is a 45-minute excerpt from Tull's concert and will feature the band's best known material. The Madison square Garden concert is part of a six-week American tour by the group which starts on October 1 and includes four nights at the New York venue.


To coincide with the tour, the band are releasing their first live album, a double called 'Bursting Out', due to be released on September 29. Recorded during their recent European tour, it contains 18 songs with a total playing time of an hour and a half. All the band's best known songs are included as well as two new ones: 'Quatrain', written by guitarist Martin Barre, and 'Conundrum' by Barre and drummer Barriemore Barlow.