OUT OF THIS WORLD | Legendary band Jefferson Starship lands at Canyon on December 19 – VC Reporter
ON THE PICTURE : Jefferson Starship, left to right: Donny Baldwin, Jude Gold, Chris Smith. Seated: David Freiberg and Cathy Richardson. Submitted photo
by Doyoon Kim
Jefferson Starship, the iconic rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area, perform at Canyon in Agoura Hills. The group has been touring regularly internationally for years and will perform some of their biggest hits as well as songs from their latest album, Mother of the Sun, December 19.
Jefferson Starship was first formed in 1974 by former Jefferson Airplane members Grace Slick and Paul Kantner. The original lineup included David Freiberg, Pete Sears, Craig Chaquico, John Barbata, and Papa John Creach. Lead singer Marty Balin joined soon after in 1975.
As one of the most successful arena rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s, the group achieved great success, releasing 11 top-tier studio albums and acquiring eight gold records and three platinum records with many Billboard Top 40 singles.
Over the years the group has gone through many personnel and genre changes under the name Jefferson Starship. The band retired in 1984, but band founder Paul Kantner conducted a cover of Jefferson Starship in 1992, which continued after his death in 2016. Today, the band continues to perform. sold out worldwide with his current training as David. Freiberg (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar), Donny Baldwin, (drums, backing vocals), Cathy Richardson (lead vocals), Chris Smith (keyboards) and Jude Gold (lead guitar).
Jude Gold, the last member of the group, joined Jefferson Starship in 2012 after guitarist Slick Aguilar had to resign due to health concerns. Building on his love for Jimi Hendrix, Nile Rodgers and Van Halen, Gold had performed music with Richardson and Baldwin together in the past on several occasions. When he officially joined the band for the first time, it was a natural fit as the band created great chemistry.
Having seen Jefferson Starship perform live as a young teenager, Gold said. âIt’s this constant evolution. We always try to go back to the elements of famous albums and bring a new flavor. We keep the key ingredients that make the original song special, but we rely on them to make it memorable. “
The year Gold joined Gold, Jefferson Starship performed in Brazil, Japan, Israel and Canada as well as the United States. Since then, life with the band has taken him all over the world – a particularly exciting aspect for the guitarist.
âEvery day my office changes,â said Gold, describing the group’s global stage. Jefferson Starship has made lasting memories, from outdoor performances in New Zealand with Toto to concerts in almost every major city in America, using music to bring people together.
It’s much closer to home than some of their locations, but according to Gold, the Agoura Hills Canyon has remained a favorite spot for band members. âWe love the Canyon; we play it regularly. There is a melting pot feeling where everyone comes together.
A major aspect of Jefferson Starship’s live performances is its musical improvisation. Singer Cathy Richardson is known for her stage antics and booming energy that make the band’s performances entertaining and fun to watch. The energy of the band members always keeps the audience members on their toes.
âCathy, she’s always been a wildcard, you never know what she’s going to do on stage. This is one of the signs of a great personality, they are a bit unpredictable. . . that kind of energy always makes the show fun, âGold said.
In March 2017, after Kantner’s death, Jefferson Starship announced the “Carry the Fire” tour in homage to Kantner and Slick. Asked about Paul Kantner’s influence as a pioneer of rock music, Gold replied, âThe spirit of PK has always been in music, always at the forefront. There was a certain explosiveness and magic that happened on stage when I was playing with him. Paul always had that little sparkle in his daring eyes. You never knew what he was going to do. . . He had a certain psychedelic pirate energy that shone through his music as he thundered through his 12-string guitar.
On August 21, 2020, the band released their latest studio album, Mother of the Sun. The album features the single “It’s About Time” written by Gold, Richardson and former singer Slick. Mother of the Sun Also features former bassist Pete Sears on three tracks and a live version of “Embryonic Journey”, a song first recorded in 1966 and performed by Jefferson Airplane.
The foundations for most of the tracks on the album were recorded in Northern California: some were written in the Freiberg home studio, others on the road, and they all came together in Prairie Sun Recording Studio in Cotati, just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. The album was completed before the pandemic, but there was a delay in release due to the shutdown. Even with the pandemic, the band were fortunate enough to release their album with additional music videos and are excited to return to play music live.
âWe cannot underestimate how difficult it was for musicians, stage engineers, conductors and stage technicians. We are definitely surprised to replay; we are very lucky to do so! Gold exclaimed.
Jefferson Starship will perform on Sunday, December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. For tickets and more information call 888-645-5006 or visit wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.