Guess who else is planning to perform in Israel despite being asked not to?

In his own words…..

It’s a long time since Pearl Harbor, Auschwitz, Hiroshima and the firestorm of Dresden and I hope that, one bright day sometime in the future, it will seem a long time since the blockading of the supply flotilla to Gaza and the bombing of Israeli citizens by Hamas and Hizbolla.

So, I decided many months ago not to profit from my work in this troubled region and hope that interested parties on all sides will understand and respect my decision and resolve. The details of recipients of my charitable donation will be posted for the benefit of the doubters, as usual, on this website later in the year.

I can hardly wait to see the details he speaks of, I’m sure there won’t be a Palestinian charity on it!

The full statement can be read HERE.


  1. Robin said,

    July 3, 2010 at 20:05

    People expected much too much of Ian Anderson. His musical lyrics have never matched his actions. In interview after interview he tells people he will not get into politics, he will only tell people to VOTE.

    Anderson: My music is not going to address issues in a direct political way. You wouldn’t find me on stage in the last run at the election joining Bruce Springsteen and calling for the mobilization of civilian troops, as it were, to place their vote in the box next to the name Kerry. I wouldn’t be up in the stage doing that. But you would get me on the stage campaigning very simply with the word VOTE. That I’m very much dedicated towards. I wouldn’t be partisan. I would certainly encourage people to vote and in my small way I did try to do that when I was last doing concerts before I went on tour because I do think it’s very important from a moral point of view, as well as a political one, to take advantage of that democracy that I’m afraid so many Americans and British take for granted.

    Politically, I’m an angry man. But the answer isn’t “pull the troops out.” We’re stuck with this now. We can’t abandon these people. We’ve brought notions of democracy to a country where they’ve been used to, at best, a patriarchal and tribal leadership. In Iraq, they were used to the tyrant dictator, but nonetheless, it was a stable country, for the most part throughout most its very complicated length and breadth, with all of its tribal and religious divisions. And when you go blundering in there as a Western Democracy with tanks and guns, you’re taking the lid off the hornet’s nest. And that’s unfortunately what seems to have escaped both Bush and Blair and their rather dodgy crew of advisors.

    It just seemed so patently obvious from the word go that this was just going to result in a lot of tears that it’s beyond me that they could have done it. I mean, it just seems so incredibly naïve, if you give them the benefit of the doubt, to have gone in their guns blazing thinking all you do is take out the government, replace it with a friendly military force for a few months, then get them all to go to elections. How could they ever believe that given the complexities that existed in Iraq? And this was pointed out in countless articles by countless learned journalists from all over the world reporting from Iraq for the last ten years. It was pointed out time and again that the result of removing Sadam Husein would not be a simple one. That is what is so extraordinary! However, we don’t want to waste the entire interview talking about that, but yes, I’ve got my opinion, and the answer is that it’s far too late to pull out—far too late for people like me to be putting in music or in song any clear cut political message.

    The job I do as a musician is to travel— not to Iraq, thus far, but to certain other places where we have seen the suicide bombers and the tragedy of war in the last 30 or 40 years. I go to places like Israel; I go to Turkey, to India, to places where people do blow each other up. But as a musician, I’m allowed to cross those boundaries in the worlds of art and entertainment; I cross boundaries that politicians can’t–even if they want to. So I think I’m rather happy to keep my message a generally uplifting one of music and song. If there’s a political or religious comment being made, I do so with a degree of, I hope, subtlety and artistry, which I hope does not make me appear partisan and does not allow for misunderstanding, although I’ve been at the end of misunderstanding before, choosing words in my lyrics perhaps not so carefully as I might have done back in 1971.
    There you go, Ian Anderson the civics teacher, VOTE, but he won’t be caught being political because in his own small way he can do what politicians cannot do, play music wherever he wants to and then look magnanimous in donating to “peaceful causes” I gave at the office.


    Yet another interview:

    ““I’m an American taxpayer but not a voting citizen of the United States. So I have to leave it up to you guys, just as the Germans, French and the Italians do. It’s interesting times and the world is watching. My message to the American people isn’t to vote for John McCain or for Barack Obama or even for Hillary Clinton next time since it looks like she’ll take another crack at it. My message is simply – vote because you can’t afford to be one of the 40% of the people who sit on their behinds and can’t be bothered to go to the polls. Democracy is what young men and women have fought and died for in Afghanistan and Iraq. If anything we owe it to them to use our democratic right to show the rest of world how democracies work. That’s my message. Hanging chads notwithstanding,” he adds with a laugh.

    There you go, our young men and women have fought for democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Doesn’t that pretty much say it all to this man’s level of understanding?

    I say expose him for what he is and that this is the very type of person that plays Israel, someone who is an AIRHEAD when it comes to having any spine whatsoever.

    Oh and last but not least, his hobbies are growing chili peppers and saving endangered cats!

    Watch this interview, he talks about his US tour when things were unpleasant here along political lines and the audience messed with his music!!

    Oh those darn hippies that made it hard for him to perform! It was all so damn unpleasant.

  2. July 3, 2010 at 20:17

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  3. Iain Yuile said,

    July 3, 2010 at 20:28

    A very definite divide is forming between those who put their money where
    their mouth is, concerning the Palestinian/Gaza debacle, and those who are
    simply cowards.

  4. paddy said,

    July 3, 2010 at 20:29

    maybe the pied piper will lead the Israeli rats out of Palestine.

  5. skulz fontaine said,

    July 3, 2010 at 20:37

    lickspittle |ˈlikˌspitl|
    a person who behaves obsequiously to those in power.

    obsequious |əbˈsēkwēəs|
    obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
    “We’re only in it for the money.”…Jethro Tull

  6. Michael said,

    July 3, 2010 at 20:50

    That is the last time I will ever see Jethro Tull and I will be dumping my JT collection in the trash where it not belongs….goodbye my old (coward) friend.

  7. Daren Handley said,

    July 3, 2010 at 21:00

    Using a military to Ethnically Cleanse civilians and destroy their livelihood is state terrorism. Anderson calls it “tensions”.

  8. Robin said,

    July 3, 2010 at 21:46

    Jethro Tull is appearing at the Shuni Fortress

    The Irgun used Shuni as its militia headquarters and launched many of its operations from the site.

    Wouldn’t want Ian Anderson to be bothered by any of this now would we?

    Music, it soothes the soul……………and in Ian Anderson’s case, has no concern whatsoever for atrocities.

  9. Ben Steinke said,

    July 3, 2010 at 22:17

    Wow….I am absolutely shocked and disappointed. Gil-Scott Heron and The Pixies have more sense in their pinkie fingers than Anderson has in his whole body.

  10. michael mazur said,

    July 3, 2010 at 22:25

    It wasn’t just a blockade, 9 people were deliberately shot dead on that Gaza supply flotilla

    Neither Hamas nor Hezbollah fired rockets onto Israelis, that was plain from the video supplied by Israeli psyops at the time in both 08/09 and 06 of rocket remains and damage done; the rockets were crumpled fakes as were the damages faked.

    Not a word about Israeli bombing with exotic ordinance of Gaza and Lebanon resulting in the deaths of 2,500 innocents of those places and no Israeli deaths in Gaza or southern Israel, though there were a unspecified few Israeli military killed in the ground incursion into southern Lebanon.

  11. Doug said,

    July 3, 2010 at 23:12

    He was probably told that, if he ever wanted to have another album released or have another concert tour, he had better perform in Israel. Just remember who it is that controls the music industry, both on the recording and performance side…

  12. ScrewTull said,

    July 4, 2010 at 00:56

    Screw him and every moron like him. The Israelis deserve to be tortured by that awful noise he calls music.

    Boycott his concerts and spit on him if you see him on the street.

  13. Ploppy said,

    July 4, 2010 at 02:14

    Maybe we should ask him to speak to the decent people, and there are some in Israel, to help stop the suffering that innocent Palestinians are having to endure under a hellish Israeli oppression. It would be just if he could contribute the monies from his concerts in Israel to a justifiable Palestinian cause. It would be the right thing to do. Anyways, always loved the music. One of my favourite bands ever.

  14. Bruce Hayden said,

    July 4, 2010 at 02:36

    What a shame! I have lost all respect for this man. He is indirectly supporting the Israeli squatters by playing in their shitty little stolen country. Bring somecases of mayo Ian–it’s allowednow ya know!

  15. jb said,

    July 4, 2010 at 05:34

    Ian . . .

    “Really don’t mind if you sit this one out”

  16. Ferd said,

    July 4, 2010 at 10:16

    i don’t know why people are so uptight with this band/guy deciding to perform in israel. i can’t see anything nice about its/his music anyway. it never has matured and belongs exclusively to the 70’s. i myself hearing its music once again wonder, is this the music i listened to? maybe i was just caught with the spirit of the 70’s and so doped out that i never realized then that jethro tull’s music sucked even then. his/its music sucked then, it still sucks now. let him go to israel and let those bastards listen to his/its crap.

  17. LAStevens said,

    July 4, 2010 at 14:13

    “the answer is that it’s far too late to pull out—far too late for people like me to be putting in music or in song any clear cut political message”

    Can’t put out a message when you know jack shit. Another ignoramus to the events that are happening worldwide. I don’t think this man understands what principle is. Here’s your chance to make some retirement $$$…they’re throwing you some crumbs…better go lick them up.

  18. joeglas said,

    July 4, 2010 at 14:44

    What a twit.Sorry I listened to some of his stuff while young.

  19. Ladybat2 said,

    July 4, 2010 at 17:53

    Any one who sings in Israel, is the same as singing for the Nazis. Just like Elton John. THATS RIGHT ELTON! GO AND SING FOR THE NAZIS YOU BIG FAT YELLOW CANARY!

  20. ewingsc said,

    July 4, 2010 at 17:54

    Jethro who ?

  21. R. Zuercher said,

    July 5, 2010 at 13:34

    Off of the Veterans National Radio! JT wont be on our play list any longer!

    Good riddance…..

    R. Zuercher

  22. July 5, 2010 at 18:29

    Open up my Mp3 player … look up artists … search for Jethro Tull to delete.

    Found … none.

    Don’t have no Tull.

    Oh well, no great loss.

    Wie vie ist Aufzuleiden!

  23. July 5, 2010 at 21:29


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