This post is a preview of the Jethro Tull India Tour 2008. For the Concert Review of the Bangalore Tull Edition, click here.
Finally!!!FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How desperately I have waited… How I have fantasised about this ever since I first listened to Tull! Finally this dream is going to come true. Jethro Tull is coming down to India in November and will be touring 5 cities here. And fortunately for me, I am in one of them. I wasnt here last time around when they came to Bangalore. But I am here right now and going nowhere. So here are the details:
Jethro Tull touring India in November/December 2008 with Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Pandit Ravishankar. Tull will be touring Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata with the dates and venues also given below
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE DATES AND VENUES!!!!!
1. 27/11/08 : Kolkata, Science City Auditorium
2. 29/11/08 : Mumbai, Shanmukhnanda Auditorium
3. 30/11/08 : New Delhi, Hamsadhwani Amphitheatre
4. 2/12/08 : Bangalore, Palace Grounds
5. 3/12/08 : Hyderabad, Shilpkala Vedika Auditorium
Kolkata and Hyderabad finally get to see something!
And btw, I came across this website which has been documenting Tull Concerts since before Tull itself! They have the set list of every damn Tull concert. Of late, this is what the set list has been:
My Sunday Feeling, Living In The Past, Serenade To A Cuckoo, Nursie, A Song For Jeffrey, Sossity You’re A Woman/Reasons For Waiting, Farm On The Freeway, Bourée, A New Day Yesterday (incl. Kelpie), Too Old To Rock’N’Roll…, We Used To Know/With You There To Help Me, Dharma For One (incl. drum solo & Count The Chickens), Heavy Horses, Thick As A Brick, Aqualung, Locomotive Breath.
They are also expected to play some new Indo-Celtic fusion compositions.
I really wish they play something, anything from Roots to Branches. And I would go hysterical if they would play Budapest or Bungle in a Jungle. But nothing is going to stop them from playing one of the greatest discoveries of my life: Aqualung. So as long as they play that, I am more than happy to have paid for my ticket. And as far as Anoushka Shankar is concerned, she is just a bonus on my ticket!
LATEST TICKET UPDATE: The tickets are officially up for sale online! As per my previous hunch, the tickets for the Jethro Tull India 2008 tour- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore- will be available online at Bookmyshow.com. The website started sales on 1st Nov. 08. But unfortunately, I found that there is some problem with the website as it was not opening. I have no idea when it will be fixed. So just in case, do figure out how to buy tickets offline as well in your respective city.
Also of note are the prices for the Jethro Tull concerts in all five cities. I had initially presumed the ticket prices to be the same everywhere but apparently there is a big variation. So please keep in mind that the ticket prices are different for different cities depending on the local entertainment tax. Here are the details of the tickets in the different cities. Also very importantly, I would suggest you go through the concert seat layout in your respective city very carefully before you choose the ticket range.
The CEO of Network 18, which is organizing this show has said that they have not received any intimation from the Mumbai police about the show being cancelled and as of now-ie afternoon on 28 Nov- there is no change in any of the schedule.
1. BANGALORE: The Tickets are priced as follows:
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES IN THE WAY THE TICKETS ARE DISTRIBUTED… THE ORGANIZERS HAVE CHANGED IT!!!! The following picture will clearly explain the seating arrangement. Only the Diamond in Seating and the rest are standing. Earlier, Platinum was also meant for seating. But now it has been changed to standing.
The tickets are available offline at Music World outlets in Indiranagar, Jayanagar and Malleshwaram
2. DELHI: Now these are the prices in Delhi:
DIAMOND-Rs.2950/- SOLD OUT!!!!
GOLD-Rs.1100/- –SOLD OUT!!!!!
Again, go through the picture below for the seating in Delhi at the Hamsadhwani Amphitheatre (Pragati Maidan). Note that everything is seating and Gold means you are the farthest.
3. KOLKATA: The tickets are priced as below:
ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!!!! The capacity itself was too less!
Diamond – Rs. 1500.00
I do not have the seating arrangement for the Science City Auditorium as there is no arrangement released on the website. I believe it will be a fully seated auditorium and I guess the Kolkata junta knows where comes what.
4. Hyderabad: The tickets are priced as below:
Diamond – Rs. 1800.00
Again, there is no seating arrangement available and I suspect this is also a concert held in an indoor auditorium. So I believe, cheaper means farther. The Hyderabad guys also note that initially the venue was given as Hi TEch City Auditorium. Now I find that it is Shilpkala Vedika Auditorium. Have no idea if both are the same or different. Do check yourself for further details regarding the venue.
5.MUMBAI: The tickets are priced as below:
Diamond – Rs. 4500.00
Gold (Ground/First Floor) -Rs.1900/-
Silver (First/Second Floor)-Rs.1100/- FIRST FLOOR SOLD OUT!!!!!
Here too, I was not able to find the seating arrangement map as such but I guess the seating categories are self explanatory. This is also an indoor thing I believe at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium.
As far as I am concerned, I am going for front row -obviously standing-so I already have my 1100 bucks ready!
SO you coming???