Aqualung, on the other hand, was given its due this night, transcending the monotony of predictability. Tull’s homage to “the snotted one” kept the show as fresh as their renditions of most of its 11 songs. Anderson's Behind the Music bon mots added a witty, self-effacing element to many of the featured tracks.
Instead of opting for a boring song-by-song linearity, the band’s approach of interspersing Aqualung pieces in no particular order throughout the night kept the evening fresh. “Mother Goose” benefited from the revisitation as did guitarist Martin Barre’s riff-heavy version of “Cross Eyed Mary;” second-set opener, the non-snotted “Songs from the Wood,” seemed even more invigorated, possibly because it wasn’t expected.
The set closer, the title track, and the aforementioned “Locomotive” encore were the only non-surprises, as most of Aqualung had been performed up to this point. While the whole show seemed spry, these two songs in particular were especially rejuvenated with the stamina, smoothness, and focus that can only come with age, experience, humour, and a "colonoscopic" point of view.
Living In The Past
Thick As A Brick
Up To Me
Cheap Day Return
Farm On The Freeway
Songs From The Wood
Locomotive Breath / Teacher (snippet)
—Chris "Gutter" Rose