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23 June 1973
Jethro Tull have decided to spend the entire proceeds of their two Wembley Empire Pool dates this weekend on importing the special equipment used for their current American tour.
The stage equipment which has never been used in England is an important part of the presentation of their new stage show, 'Passion Play'.
Tull's manager Terry Ellis said:
"We were a little unsure about performing the new show, since it's rather heavy going for an audience to sit through an hour and a half of unfamiliar music. Also the group did not want to perform the new show without the special equipment, which includes two hundred on an overhead lighting rig specially designed for use in arenas.
"The cost of flying in this equipment will raise expenses to that of the whole box office for both shows, but we felt that fans would want to see the new show rather than the one performed at the Albert Hall last year, and thought it would compensate for any inconvenience caused by the postponement of the two April shows."
The group is currently in the middle of a fifteen week tour of one-nighters in America.
Chrysalis wishes to remind the April ticket holders that people holding for the April 29 show will be valid for Saturday (23).
Passion Play, the album, will now be released world-wide on July 6.
Note: the release date of Passion Play was put back a week to Friday 13th July. Lucky for some ...
Thanks to Mike Wain for this article, and Gerrit de Geus for confirmation of source and date.