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PRS for Music honours Jethro Tull's first gig venue 

23 February 2010

Legendary British Rock group Jethro Tull are to be honoured by the new PRS for Music Heritage Award.

Ian Anderson in front of the plaque

A special plaque will be erected at Holy Family Church, Blackpool where the original group (then known as The Blades), vocalist and flute work of Ian Anderson, bass guitarist Jeffrey Hammond and keyboardist (then drummer) John Evans performed their first ever gig in 1964.

PRS for Music set up the Heritage Award last year to recognise the unusual ‘performance birthplaces’ of famous bands and artists. Jethro Tull is the third band to be given the honour of receiving the permanent plaque.

Founding member Ian Anderson will be there to see the plaque unveiled in Blackpool on Thursday 25 February at 2.30pm.

Chairman Ellis Rich and Ian AndersonPRS for Music Chairman, Ellis Rich said: “Jethro Tull are rock legends so it’s a real pleasure to be honouring them today with the PRS for Music Heritage Award. In a career that has stretched across four decades the band has shaped and inspired countless other musicians so it’s a fantastic achievement to celebrate.”  

Ian Anderson said: "I'm honoured and delighted that the birthplace of my musical career has been chosen to be marked in this way. Some forty-six years, sixty million album sales and three thousand gigs later, I look back to that night here at the church hall with fondness and thanks – it’s fantastic to return and meet up again with old friends today.” 

Jethro Tull has sold in excess of 60 million albums worldwide including: This Was (1968), Stand Up (1969), Benefit (1970), Aqualung (1971), Minstrel in the Gallery (1975), The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003).

Anyone who was present at the first gig and is interested in attending the plaque unveiling ceremony or has photos of the performance should contact heritageplaque@prsformusic.com and will receive an official invite.

For more information please go to www.prsformusic.com/heritageaward

For more information on the Jethro Tull tour or to purchase a ticket visit www.jethrotull.com/

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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