Jethro Tull fans, have you been waiting for another album from the progressive rock band? If so, your wait is officially over!

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has created the sequel to the 1972 Billboard number one classic album “Thick As A Brick,” “Thick As A Brick 2.” For those who don’t know the lyrics to songs in the first “Brick” were credited to fictitious child character Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. The sequel will not only follow what Bostock (who would be 50 this year) would be doing today, but will also be a commemoration of the first “Brick.”

According to the release, “Brick 2″ will explore the various paths Bostock could have taken from his schoolboy past. The album will have various alter-ego characters with song-section identities, shedding light on the different opportunities and futures Bostock could have.

“As we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, we must often feel an occasional ‘what-if’ moment,” said Anderson. “Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out, shopkeeper or finance tycoon?…And those of more tender years – the social media and internet generation – may choose to ponder well the myriad of chance possibilities ahead of them at every turn…..”

The new album will be released as a standard jewel case CD as well as a digital download. The Special Edition 2-disc package includes a DVD featuring 5.1 stereo mixes, 24-bit stereo mix, video of the making of the album, interviews with the musicians and Ian Anderson reading the lyrics in several locations.

Along with the CD release, to celebrate the release, for the first time since 1972, Anderson and fellow musicians John O’Hara (keyboards), David Goodier (bass), Florian Opahle (guitar) and Scott Hammond (drums) – as well as some guest performers – will go on tour to perform the entire “Brick” album in its entirety. Also, in addition to the performance of “Brick”, there will be a second part to the show where Anderson and the band will perform the sequel.

Below are the UK tour dates as well as the CD track listing. Tickets can be bought at Gigantic and you can preorder the new album at Amazon. However, if you just can’t wait for preorder, you can win a copy of “Thick As A Brick 2” right now! All you have to do is participate in the ShockYa Twitter giveaway.

First, follow us @ShockYa. Then tweet us the phrase, “@Shockya Is Giving Away Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick 2, Follow and RT to Enter To Win” You have until Friday, April 30, to tweet us the phrase and make sure to only tweet us once per day. We’ll pick the winner at random.

Good luck, and make sure to visit the Jethro Tull official site for more information on the new album and the tour!

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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