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Two of Paul Kantner’s Jefferson Airplane band mates issued statements about the guitarist/vocalist who died on Thursday.
Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner has died of multiple organ failure.
Paul Kantner’s health took a bad turn this week.
About Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Jefferson Airplane.
Founder Paul Kantner (who died in January 2016 at age 74) knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Between 1974 and 1984, Jefferson Starship released eight gold and platinum albums, twenty hit singles, sold out concerts worldwide and lived out legendary rock and roll escapades.
“Jefferson Starship was my creation…and it has this nice fluidity about it that allows any number of people to come in and do things with whatever Jefferson Starship is.” – Paul Kantner.
Today’s Jefferson Starship remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music.
Featuring original and historic members David Freiberg (also a founder of San Francisco luminaries Quicksilver Messenger Service) and drummer Donny Baldwin, along with longtime members Chris Smith on keyboards and synth bass, Jude Gold on lead guitar and GRAMMY Nominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick (who invited her to sing in her place as Jefferson Airplane accepts their Lifetime Achievement Award at the GRAMMY Merit Awards Concert.)
The band keeps a hectic touring schedule bolstered by several television recent appearances including My Music: 60s Pop, Rock and Soul on PBS and live with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on AXS Network. The Freiberg-penned 1979 hit Jane is the theme song for the Netflix Original Series Wet, Hot American Summer. In 2014-15, the band played a series of free concerts for America’s Veterans and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Defense. Jefferson Starship has traveled the world playing in 20 countries across the globe in the last 3 years alone.
The music that defined a generation and spanned decades is alive and well and more relevant than ever in pop culture- songs such as Volunteers, White Rabbit, Wooden Ships, Somebody to Love, Today, Miracles, Count on Me, Fast Buck Freddie, Jane and Find Your Way Back continue to reverberate throughout the collective consciousness today.
Brandi Carlile’s third of six 2020 Ryman Auditorium concerts featured guest appearances from The War & Treaty and Sheryl Crow.
Dark Star Orchestra recreated two classic Grateful Dead shows and played a pair of elective concerts as part of their Jam In The Sand 2020 destination event in Mexico last week.
Mike Gordon dusted off “Soulfood Man” for the first time since 2017 and just second time since 2014 as part of his band’s Sunday night show at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh.
Wilco loaded their setlist with bust outs and rarities on Sunday at their Sky Blue Sky destination event in Mexico.
Dead & Company focused on Jerry songs over the course of Sunday’s matinee at Playing In The Sand in Mexico.