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Jefferson Starship

PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:31 pm
by Chris
Jefferson Starship - Friday, July 17 at 7pm

Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals
David Freiberg – vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, bass
Donny Baldwin – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Chris Smith – keyboards, synthesizers
Cathy Richardson – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Jude Gold – lead guitar

Jefferson Starship formed after the breakup of the legendary psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane and the subsequent projects that members of Jefferson Airplane worked on. Among those was the 1970 Blows Against the Empire album featuring Paul Kantner and Grace Slick and many artists from the time. The album was released under the name Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. The band didn’t officially form until 1974 when Kantner, Slick, and Quicksilver Messenger Service’s David Freiberg joined forces with other late-era Airplane members John Barbata and Papa John Creach and released Dragon Fly. Airplane’s Marty Balin collaborated on one song from that album and then joined the band for 1975’s Red Octopus. Pete Sears and Craig Chaquico also joined the band for Red Octopus. That album would be the best-selling of Jefferson Starship releases, going multi-platinum and reaching #1 behind the #3 hit “Miracles.” Spitfire followed in 1976 and reached #6 and platinum status behind the #12 “With Your Love.” After a touring hiatus in 1977, the band released Earth in 1978. The album again went top 10 behind the #8 “Count on Me” and #12 “Runaway.” This would be the last album with the core original Jefferson Starship members. Slick and Balin both left the band and Mickey Thomas came aboard on vocals and Aynsley Dunbar on drums. The 1979 Freedom at Point Zero contained the #14 hit “Jane.” In 1981, Slick returned for the album Modern Times. That album contained the #29 hit “Find Your Way Back.” 1982 saw the band release Winds of Change, which contained the #38 title track and #28 “Be My Lady.” 1984’s Nuclear Furniture contain another pair of Mainstream Rock Chart hits, the #6 “Layin’ It on the Line” and #1 “No Way Out.” Kantner left after this album and through legal action the band changed its name to Starship. In 1992, Kantner reformed the group again and Marty Balin followed in 1993. The band recorded the live Deep Space/Virgin Sky in 1995. Slick appeared on five songs for that album. The band released a new album, Windows in Heaven, in 1999. Slick only appeared on one song as a background vocalist. Balin left amicably in 2003 and still occasionally . appears with the band live. The band released Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty in 2008. That album featured Big Brother and the Holding Company vocalist Cathy Richardson, who remains with the band today. The current lineup features Kantner (currently on a break recovering from a heart attack), Frieberg, Richardson, drummer Donny Baldwin, guitarist Jude Gold, and keyboardist Chris Smith. They will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam at 7pm on Friday, July 17.

Did You Know?
Kantner’s Blows Against the Empire album was a concept album about the counter-culture revolution of the late 60’s.
It is the only recording to ever be nominated for literary science fiction’s Hugo Award.
The album featured musicians known as the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra.
That group had members of the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Grace Slick’s alcoholism led to issues at a pair of German concerts in 1978.
Slick failed to show the first night and then made disparaging remarks to the crowd about World War II on the 2nd night.
This incident led to Kantner asking Slick to leave the band, which she did for a few years.
The band contributed “Light the Sky on Fire” for the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.
Mickey Thomas sang lead on the Elvin Biship hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”
He now performs as Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and has played Moondance Jam on two occasions.
“Find Your Way” not only hit #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was the first single by the band to reach the Mainstream Rock Chart, topping out at #3.
The band played on the Heroes of Woodstock tour in 2009 with members of a host of Woodstock bands.
Cathy Richardon sang at Moondance Jam in 2008 with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
She also was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for her album The Road to Bliss.
She has also been in the Off-Broadway musical “Love, Janis.”
Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow contained the band’s two biggest hits, the #5 “Somebody to Love” and #8 “White Rabbit.”
Those were the bands only top 40 hits.
Jefferson Airplane played at Woodstock.
They followed that up with an appearance on the Dick Cavett Show.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Joni Mitchell also appeared on that episode.
David Frieberg has been involved in more San Francisco area bands than any other artis.
He was a member of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Starship as well as playing on solo albums by the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter and Mickey Hart.
David Crosby nicknamed Grace Slick “The Chrome Nun” and Paul Kantner “Baron von Tollbooth.”
Slick eventually released an album called Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun.
Kantner suffered a heart attack on March 25, 2015. He is currently recovering as the band tours without him while dedicating all shows to him. It is unknown if he will appear at Moondance Jam.
Current drummer Donny Baldwin played with a huge list of bands, including the Elvin Bishop Band and the Jerry Garcia Band and was a member of Jefferson Starship throughout the 80’s

Album Charts
1974 Dragon Fly #11 (Gold)
1975 Red Octopus #1 (2X Platinum)
1976 Spitfire #3 (Platinum)
1978 Earth #5 (Platinum)
1979 Freedom at Point Zero #10 (Gold)
1979 Gold (Greatest Hits) #20 (Gold)
1981 Modern Times #26 (Gold)
1982 Winds of Change #26 (Gold)
1984 Nuclear Furniture #28 (Gold)
1991 Greates Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979-1991) (Gold)
1998 Windows of Heaven
2008 Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty

Billboard Hot 100 Singles
1974 Ride the Tiger #84
1975 Miracles #3
1976 Play On Love #49
1976 With Your Love #12
1976 St. Charles #64
1978 Count on Me #8
1978 Runaway #12
1978 Crazy Feelin’ #54
1978 Light the Sky On Fire #66
1979 Jane #14
1980 Girl with the Hungry Eyes #55
1981 Find Your Way Back #29
1981 Stranger #48
1982 Be My Lady #28
1983 Winds of Change #38
1984 No Way Out #23
1984 Layin’ It on the Line #66

April 24, 2015 in Melbourne, Fl
Find Your Way Back
Today (Jefferson Airplane)
Count on Me
Fresh Air (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
Lather (Jefferson Airplane)
Winds of Change
Beautiful Girl (Cathy Richardson)
Codine (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
Embryonic Journey (Jefferson Airplane)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
Eat Starch Mom (Jefferson Airplane)
Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)
Let’s Get Together (The Kingston Trio)
Volunteers (Jefferson Airplane)

March 29, 2015 in St. Charles, IL
3/5 of a Mile in 10 Secons (Jefferson Airplane)
Today (Jefferson Airplane)
Count on Me
St. Charles
Find Your Way Back
Lather (Jefferson Airplane)
Fresh Air (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
Unknown (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
Eat Starch Mom (Jefferson Airplane)
Embryonic Journey (Jefferson Airplane)
Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)
Let’s Get Together (The Kingston Trio)
Volunteers (Jefferson Airplane)

Count on Me
Miracles ... 82FHIIYoDs
Find Your Way Back
Fresh Air/White Rabbit (Live)
White Rabbit
Eat Starch Mom
Embryonic Journey
Somebody to Love (Live)
Somebody to Love
Let’s Get Together

My Take
There aren’t many Moondance Jam bands that bring the catalog of music that Jefferson Starship will bring to the stage. They play songs from their own catalog as well as the hits from Jefferson Airplane. They even throw in “Fresh Air” from Quicksilver Messenger Service, of which David Frieberg was a member. After checking their setlist and finding out that the amazing Big Brother and the Holding Company vocalist Cathy Richardson is a member of the band, this appearance has shot up my list of bands I’m most looking forward to. If you saw Richardson sing at the jam in 2008, you know that she is going to do justice to all of Grace Slick’s vocals. Both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship have songs that everyone will know. I would even venture to say they possibly have the most number of recognizable songs among the classic rock fans at this year’s jam. Seriously, check the setlist and watch the videos above. We are going to get the mega-hits “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” from Jefferson Airplane (both from the amazing Surrealistic Pillow album) as well as “Jane” and “Find Your Way Back” from Jefferson Starship. Throw in other songs people will remember like “Count on Me,” “Miracles,” and “Volunteers” and you have a set that all classic rock fans have to see. I’m not sure of the health of Paul Kantner after his heart attack in March, but his name has been featured on the bill at a concert in August so it is possible he will be performing. Either way, this show has huge potential and is not to be missed.