Jefferson Starship, created by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, and David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service, takes aim at yet another historic milestone in 2012. The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane - an outfit that performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness, and anti-war activism - is set to perform its 2,000th concert since it first soared in 1974, following the 1972 dissolution of Jefferson Airplane.
2011 proved another remarkable year for this stalwart, iconic band, whose diverse projects and performances included the group's first ever symphony engagement, broadcast across the US; its first foray into opera and electronica with Blade Runner Against the Empire extravaganzas, including a performance at Dragon-Con Atlanta (one of the world's largest sci-fi and comic book conventions); and its usual plethora of concerts at top-shelf casinos like Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and state fairs like The Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock. Also in 2011, Jefferson Starship marked 40 years since the release of its first album Blows Against the Empire, the first ever rock recording nominated for literary science fiction's prestigious Hugo Award.
Jefferson Starship in 2013 features a luminary assemblage, fronted by Grammy-nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson, who starred on Broadway in Love, Janis. Joining her are Freiberg, Kantner, longtime lead guitarist Slick Aguilar, drummer Donny Baldwin, and keyboardist and bassist Chris Smith, who joined the group in 1998 after years with The Supremes. The band continues to perform its iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of its existence, including "Jane," "Somebody to Love," "Miracles," "White Rabbit," "Volunteers," "Count on Me," and many more.