Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has dashed fans' hopes for a reunion of the band's most famous line-up, insisting he'd prefer to work with his current bandmates.

The rocker admits he's "bemused by the fan gossip" linked to the musicians "at my side in concert" and has released a statement on the band’s official website, insisting there will be no classic line-up reunion.

The Thick As a Brick hitmaker writes, "All of the musicians in the current band have performed as members of Jethro Tull during the last decade. They are fine musicians, wonderful people and my closest friends."

He adds, "There have been, arguably, 26 members of Jethro Tull over the years, a big extended family of musicians - a family who are usually delighted to see each other again after a period of absence, but sometimes with the proviso that after a warm and welcoming cup of tea, they won’t stay for lunch.

"You know how it is. Each of them has brought great joy and musical success to me in their different and unique ways. But forgive us if we don’t actually want to wake up in bed next to each other in the present day. I am sure they will feel the same - especially after a veggie (vegetarian) curry the night before."