Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) Clairifies ‘My Days Are Numbered’ Comment Regarding COPD and Asthma (Taken from Interview with Dan Rather)


Categories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine
SHARE.

Earlier this week, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame made headlines due to a new conversation with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s The Big Interview when discussing the incurable lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD.

Specifically, it was Anderson’s statement that his “days are numbered” in this clip that garnered the most attention:

After the interview clip made its rounds on the internet, Ian Anderson has since clarified what he meant exactly, providing additional details about his health situation:

Thanks for your concern but no worries about my diagnosed COPD and Asthma. I have had 14 months with no infections and no bronchitis so last year was the first since my 20s when I didn’t get sick at all. The conditions I have are early-stage and I plan to keep them that way.  

I really meant when talking to Dan Rather last September that my days as a singer were numbered rather than days to live! After all, I am 73 years old this August! But I should be OK for a few more years if COVID doesn’t get me first. 

I am at no more risk of catching the COVID virus than anyone else. Just that the results could be much worse than if I was 17 or even 27.  If anything, I am less likely to catch it than many people as I have been practising very safe hygiene for years and social distancing is a way of life for me! I am well rehearsed in public spaces, restaurants, hotels etc. Only flying causes me concern. But I have all the best gels, sprays, masks and facial protection ready for if and when the time comes to embark into the real world professionally. 

A mild COPD or asthma are just things to live with for the millions around the world who suffer. But no impact at all on my daily life as long as I don’t catch a cold or flu virus and suffer the subsequent heavy bronchitis which, for me, historically follows since I was a young man. But on the upside I don’t suffer from Hemorrhoids or erectile disfunction. So, things are looking up, not down. (Puns fully intended.)

–Ian Anderson, May 14, 2020


SHARE.


Related Posts