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As the lights dimmed, a hush descended on the audience in the cavernous multi-tiered hall. The musicians filed in one by one and took their positions on the stage. And then the familiar opening riff of the acoustic guitar began and the man playing it entered the stage, the spotlight following him. The crowd went into raptures. He began: "Really don't mind if you sit this one out, my word's but a whisper your deafness a shout, I may make you feel but I can't make you think, your sperm's in the gutter your love's in the sink."

The dream concert of "Thick as a Brick" and its sequel "Thick as a Brick 2" was underway at the Royal Albert Hall. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (having shed the Tull cloak and performing in his own right) was in his elements. In any case, Anderson was always the personification of Jethro Tull (founder, songwriter, singer, acoustic guitarist and flautist). His indefatigable energy levels, his enduring stamina, his superb and sublime flute and guitar playing were in evidence for the entire duration of the show.

Anderson, despite his advancing age, showed that he still had a dynamic presence on stage. He leapt about, showed that he was still the master of the grand gesture - an outstretched arm here, a semi-pirouette there, eyes bulging and teasing. He paraded back and forth across the front of the stage, tip-toeing like an imp. He crouched. He stalked the stage as if drinking in the music, ensuring it is just so. He was a physical embodiment of his music.

And yes, he also stood on one leg while playing the flute; a pose he has a trademark on and the image of which has been adopted as Jethro Tull's logo. Seeing Ian Anderson perform was sheer bliss. He may not have been as jaunty a minstrel that danced and sprang around the stage two and half decades ago when I first saw him.

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