Throwback Concert: Jethro Tull at New Haven Arena 1971

Throwback Concert: Jethro Tull at New Haven Arena 1971

99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating our first year on the air: 1971.

That year PLR welcomed Jethro Tull to New Haven Arena on Grove Street. Jethro Tull hit the road in 1971 to support its fourth studio album “Aqualung,” which featured songs like Locomotive Breath and Hymn 43. This was their best selling album, selling over seven million copies worldwide.

Note: This was the last full year for the New Haven Arena and Jethro Tull’s performance was one of the last rock acts to play there. The Arena officially closed its doors forever in 1972 to make way for the newer, much larger New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


Jethro Tull

Thursday October 28, 1971

New Haven Arena

Ticket Price: $5.00

Band Lineup: Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Jeffrey Hammond, Johnn Evan, Clive Bunker


  1. My God
  2. Thick as a Brick
  3. Aqualung
  4. To Cry You a Song
  5. A New Day Yesterday
  6. Cross-Eyed Mary
  7. Up to Me
  8. Tomorrow Was Today
  9. Hymn 43
  10. Nothing Is Easy
  11. Wind-Up
  12. Guitar Solo
  13. Locomotive Breath
  14. Wind-Up (reprise)



Check out these clips of Jethro Tull performing live in the 1970s