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modern day chemist who is trying to feed the planet; a very hungry planet. Other than obvious cosmetic changes and a few pronoun changes; I’ve done very little in the way of changing the material. Those who come to the show are going to hear approximately 20 songs from the best of the Jethro Tull repertoire and they’ll all be relevant to the show and what I am trying to do; so obviously there will be no ‘Bungle In the Jungle,’ Anderson said with a slight laugh. Also included in this presentation will be some new material and some “virtual guests” as well. “I’m using the original lyrics for the most part and incorporat- ing them in a theatrical, multimedia event. The virtual guests will be on a large screen and will interject at precise moments to help tell the story.” This series of eight shows in November are just the start of something much bigger to prepare the band for touring in 2016. “We are scheduling more in 2016 after Easter. In September we will take it to the west coast of the U.S. and shows in Europe as well.” Anderson once said, ”A band to me is whomever is in the room at the time.” Well, this tour features a new band, a new show and a few history lessons as well and tickets are on sale now. Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson Wed, November 11 at 7:30pm New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 145