Okay, so it's a PAUL KANTNER
backing band, as PAUL KANTNER
is the only JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
... and I think JEFFERSON STARSHIP
... original member apparent in this incarnation. Nonetheless, they have worked hard to recreate the AIRPLANE
sound, also with STARSHIP
material, of which there was less. This was at The Old Mill Inn in Spring Lake, NJ, in their ballroom! Not a very big venue. Just like the old days, 'cept this crowd probably all went deef
this time, at their advanced ages.
I'm actually too young to have enjoyed JEFFERSON WHEELCHAIR
their first time out - 44 years ago!!! I did see JEFFERSON STARSHIP
at South Mountain Reservation in Essex county, New Jersey 30 years ago...
Nonetheless, I had my fingers in my ears thru half the show (but not the parts I loved...)
Thursday, there were 8 of us, lucky enough to get the table far right by the wall first row stage front... best seats in the house (for a Hard Rock show with exeunt stage left as necessary!) I don't think the venue was filled (with dinner, well over 100 bux). Considering GRACE SLICK
really doesn't sing with JEFFERSON WHATEVER
anymore, strangely much of the program was AIRPLANE
written material (all sh!t I love like "Eskimo Blue Day"
was smart enough to play those hits they had had that I'm frankly sick of (I did like MARTY BALIN
's compositions for STARSHIP
was savvy, too, to play his own "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
BTW: After lawsuits and per legal agreement, if it's name is JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
, GRACE SLICK
must be a participant; if it's name is JEFFERSON STARSHIP
, it's PAUL KANTNER
who must participate.
Footnote: PAUL KANTNER
is the only artist who appears on every single recording by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
or JEFFERSON STARSHIP
. The last actual incarnation of this band was simply STARSHIP
- when KANTNER
's suit prevented use of the JEFFERSON
's first album without KANTNER
was Knee Deep In The Hoopla
top 40 hits, including two (count 'em) 2
#1 records, I'm pretty sure it was more successful than any record by any JEFFERSON incarnation. It's also noteworthy that that album and it's biggest hit "We Built This City"
) routinely top "Worst of all time" lists.
One of my oldest and dearest friends lost her cellphone so we went back to The Old Mill to retrieve it; she had it within 90 seconds, and luckily the band was just then coming out. I payed a bit of homage to PAUL KANTNER
which he laughed off... a few minutes later we met in the parking lot, and I just had to ask to shake his hand.
And another friend with us made up the name JEFFERSON WHEELCHAIR
, the band really doesn't call themselves that. Yet.
You believe me, don't you?
I'm listening to Bless Its Pointed Little Head
... now Volunteers