Bonamassa gets approval from Jethro Tull.
If you’re familiar with blues titan Joe Bonamassa or classic rock legends Jethro Tull, you probably know the song “A New Day Yesterday,” written by Tull’s Ian Anderson. As it happens, Joe’s first tour as a solo opening act, in support of that debut album, was for none other than – Jethro Tull! When Joe showed up to sound check for the performance, he found himself in a pickle. “A New Day Yesterday” was the title track of his brand new album, so of course he had to play it. And yet, something seemed possibly inappropriate, since it was Tull’s song and perhaps they wouldn’t want their opening act performing it during his set. So Joe sent the word out to Jethro Tull’s tour manager asking if it was cool to play the song. Word came back in the affirmative from Jethro Tull’s manager – “Yes, but don’t screw it up!” That night, Joe performed the song while Ian Anderson was watching the performance from the wings. When Anderson approached Joe after the set, there was tension in the air – how did Joe do? Did he let Jethro Tull down? Well, Anderson told Joe that he had performed the song “brilliantly!” Not only was that a sigh of relief for Joe, but ever since then, Ian Anderson and the rest of Jethro Tull have been great supporters and friends of Joe – a mutual admiration and respect born out of the shared goal of keeping great live music alive!