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Ian Anderson celebrates Jethro Tull's Aqualung at 50 at 5pm today

Cover art for Aqualung
(Image credit: Jethro Tull)

Jethro Tull released Aqualung 50 years ago today. The album went a long way to establishing the band as one of the leading lights of the then burgeoning progressive rock scene and helped establish Tull as a stadium act in America.

The album, Tull's fourth studio album, peaked at No. 4 in the UK album charts and is Jethro Tull's best-selling album, selling more than seven million units worldwide. It's been streamed over 80 million times!

Today, Ian Anderson will be celebrating the anniversary of the album with a special livestream on the Jethro Tull YouTube channel, where he'll be playing the album and discussing every track.

Prog Magazine featured the story of Aqualung in our last issue, which you can still buy here (opens in new tab).

The stream starts at 5pm (GMT)/6pm CET)/1PM (EST)/10PM PT). You can watch via the link below.

Watch Aqualung livestream.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.