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4 March 1972
Jethro Tull open their biggest ever British tour tonight (Thursday) at the Portsmouth Guildhall and already sell-out signs are up outside halls up and down the country.
Tickets for the 23 venues went on sale a week ago and already sold out are dates at Portsmouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Norwich, Oxford and Manchester.
This week also sees the release of Jethro's new album Thick As A Brick. It was due out last week but the power strike delayed production of the covers for one week.
Note: The coal miners' strike began on 9 January 1972, and at that time three-quarters of the electricity used in the UK was produced by coal-burning power stations. A state of emergency was declared on 9 February, and the miners voted to return to work on 25 February.
From this article, it appears that Thick As A Brick was originally scheduled for release on Friday 25 February — an advert from the NME, 26 February 1972, states 'Thick As A Brick now on sale'. The album was released on Friday 3 March 1972.
Thanks to Harry Auras for this article, and Gerrit de Geus for confirmation of publication source.