Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson took time out to assuage fans that may have misconstrued his recent comments that he's on death's door. In a new interview with Dan Rather on his AXS TV series The Big Interview, Anderson revealed he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
Anderson alarmed fans by saying: “If I’m kept in a reasonably pollution-free environment in terms of air quality, I do OK. But my days are numbered. It’s not yet at the point that it affects my day to day life — I can still run for the bus.”
Ian Anderson issued an official statement, which reads in full: