Image Courtesy of Carl GloverJethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson‘s latest album is called Homo Erraticus, which is Latin for “the wandering man.” The title could also describe Anderson himself, who is launching a lengthy U.S. tour in support of the 2014 concept record tonight in Seattle.

At each show on the trek, the singer/multi-instrumentalist and his band will play the concept record in its entirety, followed with a selection of songs from the Tull catalog. Anderson tells ABC News Radio that the concert is augmented by some multimedia aspects that should capture his fans attention.

“All of it contains a lot of video accompaniment and theatrical elements to try and make it interesting,” he explains. “To rejuvenate some of the old material, it’s presented in a more visual way…Forty percent of the two hours and 20 minutes we’re on stage is Homo Erraticus, sixty percent is ‘The Best of Jethro Tull.'”

The 67-year-old prog-rocker says he realizes that the majority of his fans are more interested in hearing Jethro Tull classics than his recent material, but he maintains that it’s still important for him to play his new material live.

“Once an artist has been around for 20 or 30 years, we kind of think somehow that all they should do is to keep recycling their old material,” Anderson laments. “But there has to be a little more to life than that, and for me there is the 40 percent of our concert tour which is the new album, and that’s a challenge and something I have to try to make entertaining for an audience — and so far, I’m succeeding.”

The concept behind Homo Erraticus is a convoluted one that involves Gerald Bostock, the Anderson-created character who, as an 8-year-old child, is said to have penned the epic poem that served as the basis for Jethro Tull’s 1972 album Thick as a Brick. The new record is a collection of songs that the adult Bostock supposedly co-wrote with Ian and was inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned years ago by a fictional amateur historian whose work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.

Boiling the album down to its main theme, Anderson tells ABC News Radio, “It’s the story of migration, not just the story of migration of our species since the last Ice Age but the migration of ideas — arts, entertainment, culture and also commercial trade, engineering…It’s about being on the move on planet Earth, which we have always been.”

Anderson and his group will be on the move across the States through a November 10 show in Montclair, New Jersey. As previously reported, a deluxe CD/DVD edition of Homo Erraticus will be released in conjunction with the tour on September 30.

Here is the full list of Anderson’s U.S. tour dates:

9/12 — Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 — Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 — Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 — Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 — Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Arts Center
9/24 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
9/26 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/27 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 — Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 — Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts – Knight Theater
10/4 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/5 — Richmond, VA, The National Theatre
10/16 — Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 — Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
10/21 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 — Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts
10/25 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 — Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
10/30 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 — Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars – Circus Maximus
11/8 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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