Jefferson Starship

jefferson starship logoJefferson Starship at The Paramount NY

Story & Live performance photos by Momma Dukes

November 7th Jefferson Starship played at the Paramount NY in Huntington.  This bands history as most know started as Jefferson Airplane. PAUL KANTNER, along with MARTY BALIN founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in 1965. THE AIRPLANE were the biggest rock group in America during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like GRATEFUL DEAD & JANIS JOPLIN. They headlined the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in 1969 and like THE BEATLES with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere 7 years … though their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century.

JEFFERSON STARSHIP, the name created by PAUL for his 1971 solo debut “Blows Against The Empire” recording has endured 37 years as rock music’s premier “political science fiction” themed band. That recording was the first and only to ever be nominated for literary science fiction’s Hugo Award … a stellar achievement.

Formally reborn as “Jefferson Starship” in 1974, Kantner, Slick, and Freiberg were charter members. The line-up also included late-Airplane holdovers drummer John Barbata and fiddler Papa John Creach (who also played with Hot Tuna), Jorma Kaukonen’s brother Peter, who, after the group’s 1974 spring tour, was replaced by Pete Sears (who, like Freiberg, played bass and keyboards) and twenty-year-old guitarist Craig Chaquico. Marty Balin contributed the haunting ballad “Caroline” to their first album Dragon Fly, but did not join the band again until January 1975. Over the next ten years, the band would release 8 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, including 1975’s Red Octopus which contained the Balin-penned #1 hit single, “Miracles.”  You can read more about the bands history by visiting their website: www.jeffersonstarshipsf.com

2014 Current Members: Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson, Jude Gold.

Now back to the performance at the Paramount. First the positives: It was great to see Slick Aguilar back as his health was an issue 2 years ago, and David’s voice was great when he sang solo. Cathy’s solo singing was great as well especially during White Rabbit. But when David and Cathy sang together it was basically a screaming match. When they first came out on stage it literally was like a practice session.  They did on stage tuning and seemed very much un-prepared. I was pleased with just a few songs, White Rabbit being the best. Sorry folks, but this is my only bad review that I’ve ever written for Full Throttle.  I remember a close friend of mine saying that there has to be a certain time when a band needs to know when to stop performing and leave good lasting memories for their fans.  This is that time. They performed 2 full sets with no opening band, and I left after the first set.  Go out and buy their cd’s from back in the day, smoke a joint, eat some shrooms and remember them the way they were.

Current Members: Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson, Jude Gold

Set one:

Sunrise

Have You Seen the Stars Tonite

Starship

She Has Funny Cars

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Good Shepherd

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Find Your Way Back

Sketches of China

Lather

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Fresh Air

(Quicksilver Messenger Service cover)

Count on Me

White Rabbit

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

 

Set 2 Not sure if this is actually what they did since I left:

Beautiful Girl

(Cathy Richardson cover)

Codine

(Quicksilver Messenger Service cover)

Embryonic Journey

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Wooden Ships

(Crosby, Stills & Nash cover)

Fast Buck Freddie

Jane

The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Somebody to Love

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

Encore:

America

(KBC Band cover)

Volunteers

(Jefferson Airplane cover)

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