Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Reveals Incurable Lung Disease

Ian Anderson revealed in an interview that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“I will take this moment to say I am suffering from an incurable lung disease with which I was diagnosed a couple of years back,” the Jethro Tull lead singer told Dan Rather on AXS TV series “The Big Interview” on Wednesday.

“I have what are known as exacerbations: Periods when I get an infection, it turns into severe bronchitis and I have maybe two or three weeks of really a tough job to go out there onstage and play,” he added. “Fingers crossed, I’ve gone 18 months now without an exacerbation.”

Anderson said he strongly suspects the smoke machines on stage over 50 years of his music life might have damaged his lungs.

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