JETHRO TULL singer IAN ANDERSON has revealed that he’s suffering from the incurable lung disease, COPD. (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.)
He discussed it for the first time on “The Big Interview” with host Dan Rather yesterday on AXS TV.
Ian said, quote, “I was diagnosed a couple of years back . . . I do struggle. I have what are known as exacerbations: Periods when I get an infection, [and] it turns into severe bronchitis.”
For now, he’s doing okay. He’s on medication, and as long as he has reasonably good air quality, it doesn’t really affect his day-to-day life. But he said his “days are numbered.” And his doctors have encouraged him to keeping fighting it.
Ian is 72, and he WAS a smoker, but he hasn’t picked up a cigarette in 30 years. Instead, he blames the condition on SMOKE MACHINES.
He said, quote, “I’ve spent 50 years of my life onstage amongst those wretched things that I call smoke machines . . . I really do believe that’s a very significant part of the problem that I have.” (You can find that clip from the interview, here.)