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Paul Dainty Corporation

27 May 1996

Statement from Ian Anderson — Jethro Tull

Following a week in a Sydney hospital to stabilise and reduce the deep vein thrombosis in my left leg, I have now had the final round of tests and been given the go ahead to return to the UK later this week, for ongoing treatment.

I am deeply saddened to have had to cancel the many concerts in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, and very much regret the disappointment of and inconvenience to our fans who had already purchased tickets.

I must thank all those who have written and phoned to express their support including Paul Dainty who has been most understanding and sympathetic.

I hope to spend some of my recuperation time in the recording studio and will work hard to regain my fitness and pick up the concert schedule later in the year.

The doctors, nursing staff and physios here have been fantastic and their confidence and professionalism have helped me enormously through these worrying couple of weeks.

I can't think of a better place to get sick that Australia.

In a few months, I should be running around the stage again and hope to get back to Australia before too long to do it properly next time.

It's nice to play the flute standing on one leg, but better as an option than a necessity!

Ian Anderson

Sydney, Sunday 26th May