In fact, Anderson, 67, originally wanted to be an artist and attended
So what makes a person quit art school and decide to join a band? It's because the guitar is a "more seductive tool than a paint brush and a pencil."
"We were bitten by the (music) bug and turned the bug on an unwitting public," Anderson said during a phone interview.
That bug has been with Anderson since 1968 and the formation of
For Anderson and
The band won their first Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental in 1988, beating out Metallica, AC/DC,
Still, Anderson said he does not consider himself or the band a "rock giant."
"Tull is just a lesser version of those rock giants whose music will go on to define the form in the history books of the future," he said.
Anderson, who also plays guitar, is probably more famous for his flute playing. The incorporation of the instrument was used because Anderson said it helped make the band stand out when they first started performing.
"At the time, which was in December of '67, I owned a flute for three months and didn't get a note out of it until the end of the calendar and managed to toot a few notes," he said. "It was a marketing point to stand apart. I've always wanted to be known as more than just a flute player."
The show will be a mixture of many things, Anderson said, starting off with the band playing Anderson's latest album "Homo Erraticus," followed by an intermission, and then capped off with the band playing favorite hits from
Anderson's "Homo Erraticus" is much like many of
"He's an alter ego, he's a nom de plume," Anderson said of the character. "He can express opinions and have ideas and ... and say ideas that are not mine."
Though he has never played in
And just like any show he takes part in, Anderson said people can expect to see him giving it all he has to put on a great show.
Anderson even joked about his age, saying the performances are a way for him to stay healthy.
"When you see me heaving and sweating ... just keep it in mind that you're seeing me at the gym ... but it (performing) beats the hell out of going to the gym," Anderson said.
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