Jethro Tull mainman and fish-farming stork-style flautist Ian Anderson has performed the first-ever earth/space duet, as he and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman commemorated Yuri Gagarin’s first manned-space flight by duetting as Coleman orbited around Earth aboard the International Space Station. Anderson was down on Earth in Perm in Russia.
The song the pair collaborated on was ‘Bourree’, a Bach-based piece which appeared on 1969’s Tull album Stand Up. (NASA say that when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon, the band were playing it in the US as part of a US tour.
(It appears that the two pieces were actually recorded separately due to a bit of an earth-space time difference, and merged together to form the video below. Which is a bit of a same, but still a good story, we thought).