Year began in the middle of UK /European tour
Stockholm, Sweden. Opening for Jimi Hendrix.
“To Be Sad Is a Mad Way to Be/Back To The Family” first appeard the 20/25th anniversary releases in B&W.
JAN 10 - Falkoner Teatret, Denmark.
Before leaving for USA tour, Tull apparently taped a promo of 'Love Story' for ‘Top Of The Pops’, in case it made the charts
JAN 24-25 - Filmore East New York, NY with - Blood Sweat and Tears
First show in the USA.
FEB 1 - Ian Anderson Disc & Music Echo “Before we went on the guy from Top Of The Pops was saying, "I'm not having that long-haired dirty band on my show," but when we'd done it he liked the song so much he said he'd like to use it. Which would make it all worthwhile — even makes it worth losing a night’s sleep, because we had to go straight off to a date in Birmingham after the show?
FEB 1-2-3 - Grande Ballroom Detroit, MI
FEB 3 - USA Release of Tull's first album “This Was”
FEB 8 - Kinetic Playground Chicago, IL
w Led Zeppelin & Vanilla Fudge - Ian’s original stage overcoat ends up missing at this gig.
FEB 14 - Boston, Ma Tea Party (notice Ian's replacement jacket)
FEB 20 - Stone Balloon New Haven, CT 'Living in the Past' was written here. Woodcut artist James Grashow spent week with the band, to work on the next album cover (Stand Up) Ian Anderson ‘Top Pops’ July 1969
It was decided we would make a bid for chart fame or whatever. So I sat down in a hotel bedroom in America and wrote an A-side which I thought would make the Top Ten with the right exposure and everything has worked out to plan.
FEB 69 - Muziek Express magazine Germany
MARCH 1 - Alexandria, VA Roller Rink (w Jeff Beck & Mountain)
MARCH 3 - Recording 'Living In The Past' Vantone Studio West Orange, NJ.
APRIL 15 Paris, France
Johnny Hallyday show – “Song For Jeffery” (our own colorized version below)
Morgan Studios,London UK
Recording “Stand Up” (David Palmer arranged strings)
Terry Ellis:Beat Instrumental January 1969
People have seen them at the clubs and want to take home 45 minutes of the stage sound they've just heard. But you have to change for the second one, so we're making it more of a studio production record — the single, 'Love Story', was a step in the direction the LP will be taking.
JUNE 6 - UK Top Of The Pops' debut, with 'Living In The Past'
JUNE 12 - BBC Return to perform 'Living In The Past' 'Top Of The Pops' First known appearance of Ian's first checkered tartan coat later to be torn by fans.
Beat Instrumental - August 1969
"Let us put down this group now, before they contaminate our youth as did the Rolling Stones"
Said the disc-jockey, in what he figured was an amusing voice: "Did you see Jethro Tull on Top Of The Pops? Weren't they great? Mind you, they had to fumigate the studio immediately afterwards!"
And already one schoolmaster, choked with disbelief after watching the redoubtable Ian Anderson in close-up on the goggle-box, has written to his local paper pleading: "Let us put down this group now, before they contaminate our youth as did the Rolling Stones."
Malvern Winter Gardens Malvern, UK
JUNE 28 - RECORD MIRROR MAGAZINE UK
JULY 4 - Newport, RI. USA Newport Jazz Festival filmed - short clip part of historic film archive (no sound)
JULY 11 - Laurel Pop Festival Laurel Springs, Md. USA
JULY 12 - Newport Jazz Festival Philadelphia, Pa. USA w Led Zeppelin - See in the photo John Bonham behind Clive, watching the gig. (photo b&w source from downbeat magazine June 25, 1970)
JULY 18 - Kinetic Playground Chicago, Il. USA w Led Zeppelin - Marshall Bohlin photography
JULY 25 - UK release of 'Stand Up'
AUG 8 - Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, Ca. USA
w/ Led Zeppelin
Tull attended an Elvis Presley concert at the International Hotel Las Vegas, dressed in tuxes to celebrate reaching no.1 in the UK.
AUGUST 31 - (THROUGH SEPT) Recording tracks for "Benefit".
SEPT 30 - TV Studio - Paris France, (filmed for TV Jaloconde)
Video showing Ian with ripped coat after being mobbed by fans in Dublin, Ireland
New Musical Express - Sept 1969
Dispute with Island records sparks Jethro label switch
OCT 1 - Royal Albert Hall, London UK. Ian with new coat
filmed for German TV “Swing In” documentary
OCT 10 - Release of 'Sweet Dream' single the first ever release on the Chrysalis label.
OCT 10 - Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands - Island Blues Festival
filmed for NCRV's 'Twien'
Football Field - Paris, France. 'Bouree' shown on French TV
London, UK ‘Top Of the Pops',
BBC London, UK 'Top Of the Pops'. There still may be some confusion as to this date, but there were at least two lip-sync segments of 'Sweet Dream' recorded on the 'Top of the Pops' UK Stage In London. If the date is correct it would be significant as it comes from the very last edition of TOTP to be recorded and broadcast in monochrome (TX: 13/11/69), a mere two days before BBC1 commenced colour transmissions. This excerpt was ironically colorized by us which was broadcast on Hits aGoGo in Germany. The B&W clip is the actual Top of the Pops broadcast.
“I cannot grasp being thought of as a personality – which I will never be. I am just a musician and I only relate Jethro Tull to music. Emotionally that sort of thing means as much to be as eating a boiled egg”. Martin Barre
NOV 26 - Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, Ca. USA ( pic not confirmed but very likely)
DEC 9 - Boston Tea Party, Boston MA, USA (Glenn Cornick archive)