Published Apr 08, 2011For a certain generation, it used to be all you needed to take you to another plane was to crank a copy of Jethro Tull's 1971 landmark, Aqualung LP, full blast with a couple of illicit substances nearby. The group's singer, Ian Anderson, is still kickin' it live, and an upcoming performance is poised to take us higher than ever before: he will be duetting with an astronaut.
A press release explains that Anderson's April 12 performance in Perm, Russia will find him playing a song with U.S. astronaut Colonel Catherine Coleman, though she will be performing from an orbiting space station. Her part of the literally out-of-this-world performance will be screened by video link as she floats about the galaxy. The show was put together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in 1961.
So she could go toe-to-toe with the flute-playing rock legend, Coleman has been practising the singer's trademark one-legged stance, though the orbiting flautist has been floating for the better part of her trip.
The pair will be performing an excerpt of "Bouree," from Jethro Tull's 1969 album, Stand Up.