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Jokingly introducing it as "a disrespectful take on a piece of music [Johann Sebastian Bach] wrote," Anderson launched into 'Bourree,' inspired by Bach's 'Bourree in E Minor.' Originally included on Tull's 1969 album 'Stand Up,' Anderson said it's a tune you might expect to hear on a "cruise from hell."
The Bach composition, which has also been sampled by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Tenacious D, was originally written for the lute, though it has long been a favorite of guitarists like Florian Opahle, the 26-year-old classically-trained axeman in Anderson's band.
In a concert featuring acoustic versions of Tull songs, 'Bourree' was ironically the first with a rock edge. Other songs offered nods to world music ('Skating Away on the Thin Ice'), jazz ('Serenade to a Cuckoo') and blues ('Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You'). In between trilling solos on his flute, Anderson occasionally offered self-deprecating jokes about his music.
"Just because it's old doesn't make it good," he said after 'Some Day the Sun Won't Shine For You.' "Sometimes it's just f---ing old."
While many of the songs in Anderson's set were deep cuts rearranged for a musically varied band, Anderson concluded with two familiar rockers, 'Aqualung' and 'Locomotive Breath,' proving old doesn't necessarily make songs bad either.