While forming as psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, the current incarnation of what is now Starship began in 1979 when Mickey Thomas joined Paul Kanter to resurrect JA’s follow-up group Jefferson Starship. Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick rejoined Starship in 1981, leaving again in 1988.
The pre-Starship Thomas was best known for his work with the Elvin Bishop Band (“Fooled Around and Fell in Love”). His powerful, melodic vocals marked a new chapter in the band’s history, helping Starship land a string of hits on radio and MTV throughout the next decade, including “Jane,” “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” and the No. 1 hits “Sara.” Starship also released the Oscar-nominated hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “We Built This City,” which newer fans know best for its placement in the popular musical and movie Rock of Ages.
Although Loveless marks Starship’s first full studio album since 1989, the group has remained a popular draw on the road. “It’s a real wide generation of fans out there,” says Thomas. “I’ve seen 12-year olds, 65-year olds and everyone in between.”
For their upcoming tour, the band will mine their deep back catalog: “We’ll play songs from every record I had a hand in,” says the singer, promising early hits like “Find Your Way Back,” as well as a medley of the group’s earliest hits as Jefferson Airplane. Starship will also perform their new material.
As Mickey gets ready to start a new chapter in a career that has spanned forty years, his voice is on fire and the music is a compelling blend of then and now. Loveless Fascination is sure to appease long-time Starship fans while opening the door to a new generation of rockers.
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