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MELODY MAKER

28 February 1970

JETHRO TULL CLASH WITH THE CLASSICS

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is pictured below with Zubin Menta [sic], conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he clashed during the recent Hollywood recording of Jack Good's 'Switched On Symphony' TV special.

Jethro refused to take part in a "jam session" with the LA Philharmonic, Santana, and the Nice.

Said Ian:

"If there is a moral in putting rock and the classics together it would certainly not be best served by each of the units compromising their own standards to find a very low musical common denomination, purely for the sake of playing together."

Jethro Tull's two concerts at Frankfurt last Saturday started a full-scale riot between fans and police which ended with five people being taken to hospital and damage totalling 5,000.

Hundreds of teenagers travelled long distances hoping for tickets — even though the shows were sold out two weeks in advance.

The riot began when 2,000 people, unable to get into the theatre, tried to find other ways of entering the building. At least a dozen 15-foot high plate glass shop windows were smashed.


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Thanks to Mike Wain for this article, and Gerrit de Geus for confirmation of source and date.