British rock band Jethro Tull has been banned by a classic-rock radio station in the U.S. after comments blasting American patriotism by the group’s lead singer.

“I hate to see the American flag hanging out of every bloody station wagon, out of every SUV, every little Midwestern house in some residential area. It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism,” Ian Anderson said in an interview published in New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press. “Flag waving ain’t gonna do it.”

In response, radio station WCHR-FM on the Jersey shore has decided to no longer play songs by Jethro Tull, best known for its 1970s hit “Aqualung.”



Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

“The reaction of our audience has been 99 percent in favor of the ban and 99 percent incredulous that he would say such stupid things. He is a smart guy,” program director and disc jockey Phil LoCascio told the Press. “As far as we’re concerned, this ban is forever.”

LoCascio is rejecting the notion the ban on Tull songs amounts to censorship.

“Our listeners’ right to ask us not to play the music is equal to his right to say what he wants,” he said, according to the report.

The ban is part of continuing fallout in the music world in connection with the war on terror. As WorldNetDaily has previously reported, the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, and Moby have all come under public scrutiny for their personal political statements.

Formed in 1967 in Blackpool, England, Jethro Tull took its name from an 18th century agricultural inventor and has enjoyed widespread success on both sides of the Atlantic.

While Anderson did have some positive things to say about America in the interview, LoCascio responded:

“He ought to. Americans have made him millions of dollars. He ought to kiss our feet.”

Jethro Tull performed last night in Washington, D.C., and continues its U.S. tour with concerts slated this month in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, New York and New Jersey.

WCHR plans to be at tomorrow night’s event in Red Bank, N.J.

“We found somebody who will supply us with [U.S.] flags,” LoCascio told the Press, “and we’ll be handing them out to anybody who wants one.”

Related stories:

Disc jockeys suspended for playing Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks tix honored at patriotic concert

Springsteen backs Dixie Chicks

Pop singer Moby praises Saddam


If you’d like to sound off on this issue, please take part in the WorldNetDaily poll.

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.