the midst of the midst of a heavy
an intimate performance by Paul Kantner, Slick Aguilar, Diana
Mangano, and Chris Smith, it was a show of life changing
can't possibly do this song without more vodka."
give booze to the guitar player - only drugs."
have to e-nun-ci-ate!"
left for the show in a heavy snow. There was a strangeness in
the air. It was as if something truly filled with the laughter
of love and with the true merriment of chaos was about to happen.
arrived at the door of
right behind this fellow who in a gravelly voice said, "We're
with the band."
Turns out, he pretty much was THE BAND or one of it's
major vocalists. His "better half" was female and
Grace would've been pleased. I certainly was. Cool, sweet, and
strong. Diana Mangano was a crowd pleaser. Slick Aguilar helped
ease the pain of anyone missing the guitar sounds of Jorma Kaukonen,
Jack Cassidy, or other incarnates of the Airplane's General
Staff. And though he stayed in the too dark areas of the intimate
stage area, Chris Smith organed his keyboards with aplumb.
gorgeous Roadies obviously from Sausilito stood in the back
and fiddled with the romantically or muggingly low lights. I
remember hearing Grace Slick scream more than once to turn
down the lights. No problemo this night. Dark oozing reds
and syrupy sweet blues swathed the stage in an underwhelming
display unworthy of the INCREDIBLE CHAOS that we so intimately
I feel that
I spent the evening with some lifelong friends and my resolve
to be Paul Kantner when I grow up was heightened once
was a truly intimate evening. Felt to me as if I was sitting
in a parlor with 4 relaxed and remarkable musicians. Most everyone
was kicking back with a drink and travelling hither and yon
in his or her mind. Except for the "concert cheerleader,"
who wanted all to stand and clap their hands to prove their
enjoyment. To each his own. Kantner could not have been more
casual and completely in the moment. A life-changing evening
- in a subtle way."
Some of the songs they played...
Shepherd, We Can Be Together, Wooden Ships, Sunrise, Lather,
Starship, Volunteers, Let's Go Together, Have You Seen the Stars
Tonight?, The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil/The House
of Pooneil Corners, Triad, The Other Side of This Life.
not play Caroline, Miracles, or Jane.
It was a Kantner - not Balin - Starship evening. Crown
of Creation would
have been nice.
goodbye to Amerika.
Hello to the Garden...
gotta let go you know
or else you stay.
Man is an Island,
He's a Peninsula!
with the show!