Ian Anderson as a bass player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by IMMusicRulz, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. IMMusicRulz

    IMMusicRulz Commercial User

    Aug 3, 2020
    Atlanta, GA
    I am a semi-professional musician
    Ian Anderson is pretty much capable of playing guitar, harmonica, tambourine, and flute. He has also played dulcimer, mandolin, bouzouki and mandola.

    But it was while researching Jethro Tull discography that I noticed Ian played bass on their 1979 album, Stormwatch. This was mostly because John Glascock (who was the bassist for Jethro at the time) had been asked to leave for health issues, and allegedly had been undergoing drug and alcohol abuse at the time. Sadly, John Glascock died of open heart surgery in 1979 at the beginning of the tour to promote Stormwatch. He was only 29.

    My guess is that Ian Anderson played the good Music Man Stingray Bass that John Glascock used to play on Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses. John Glascock also played a Yamaha acoustic bass guitar during this time. John Glascock’s brother, Brian Glascock, was the drummer for the Motels.
    I own Too Old To Rock & Roll: Too Young To Die and a promotional record called The Big Ball that features Nothing Is Easy from Stand Up.

    But please respond if you find this interesting.
  2. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    He's a talented chap to be sure. All the same, bass geetar DOES have only 4 strings... :bag:
  3. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    A tambourine has none!

    I saw Tull with John Glasscock back in the day. As I recall he had a very clean tone and technique that fit well with the band and the music Tull was playing at the time.

    Such a tragic story.
  4. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I’m happy to see a thread mentioning the late, great John Glasscock. I’ve been a Jethro Tull fan (Thanks to covertly listening to my older brother’s records on their stereo) since I was probably 8 or 9 years old.

    I also had the pleasure of seeing Jethro Tull twice in my mid teens. John played a black Fender P-Bass (with a white pickguard) during their “Heavy Horses” tour. In fact, I put a white pickguard on one of my current P-Basses, because I loved the look of the P-Bass he was playing.
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  5. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    After the interviewer said about Glascock, "It was said that he'd damaged his health with drink and drugs - and that you'd threatened to kick him out of the band in an effort to straighten him out. What's the truth in that?", Anderson replied:

    "John was always a bit of a party guy from the get-go. He wasn't a wildman. He was an easygoing, nice guy, a benign drunk. And I've known people who were not that way. John was never fired from the band.

    "He was just told by me: 'You've got to stop and get yourself fixed, and come back when you're well.' When we stepped away from day-to-day contact with him it could have gone either way.

    "I hope he knew his job was waiting for him if he could make it back. But he didn't, and that was a great sadness that we had."

    How did that affect you emotionally?
    "It made me angry with him. It made me angry with myself. I could have done more to confront John and steer him back.

    "We all could have tried harder to make him understand that this really wasn't a great way of living his life, and his job depended on sorting himself out.

    "But one will never know if his demise was due to the failure of the heart surgery he had, or to what degree it might have been aggravated by his lifestyle."

    Jethro Tull Leader Recalls Anger After Band's Bassist Died Aged 28, Talks Group's Keyboardist Coming Out as Transgender Aged 61
  6. IMMusicRulz

    IMMusicRulz Commercial User

    Aug 3, 2020
    Atlanta, GA
    I am a semi-professional musician
    If I am not mistaken he used Marshall bass amps, bass pedals and Martin bass bins. He did use a Precision, and he also played a Gibson EB3 and a Mapleglo Rickenbacker 4001 bass

  7. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    One listen to the Bursting out live album confirms Glascock as a legendary bassist
  8. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
  9. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
  10. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    The Big Ball! I thought I was the only person on earth who had that (1970)! I think I still do buried with the rest of my LPs.

    Loved that album.
  11. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Ian Anderson is very clever musically and also financailly. He fired all the band mebers early on and hired ever yone on contract for very little ridiculously little money. He also made the rouns of US Cities 29 years ago requesting songwriters to submit material
  12. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    Stormwatch is the only Tull album I've really heard. Excellent, nimble bass playing by Mr. Anderson!
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  13. chriss


    Apr 27, 2007
    I was at that show! The opening bands were Charlie Daniels Band and J. Geils.
  14. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    Last time I saw Tull was at the LA Coliseum... with TULL-a-VISION. Late 70s or early 80s? Can’t remember anymore.
  15. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    John Glascock and Barrymore Barlow were the dream team for sure!
  16. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Being a huge Tull fan since the mid-70s I didn’t catch them until the Stormwatch tour, with Dave Pegg on bass.

    Fantastic show… and UK opened.

    It doesn’t get much better, TBH.
  17. Unless of course you might prefer the team of Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker.
    Interesting that Martin Barre now really dislikes Anderson.
    Glenn was pulled aside by the manager as the band was boarding the plane to return from the American tour and told that Ian didn’t want to work with him anymore. He had to catch another flight the next day.
  18. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I saw that tour too!
    The trio version of UK opened.
    Jobson, Wetton, and Bozzio.
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  19. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I never knew Anderson could be such a tyrant to his bandmates.
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