Hot Tuna To Play Jefferson Airplane Oldies In NYC
... When Grace Slick's recovery from throat node surgery in 1969 prompted a JeffersonAirplane hiatus, some members of the band used the time to start a group called Hot Tuna. By 1972 JackCasady and Jorma Kaukonen left Jefferson Airplane
to focus on Hot Tuna. While the groupbroke up for two periods over the years, the pair still lead Hot Tuna today. In a twist onhistory, HotTuna will perform Jefferson Airplane
"oldies" they have "never before done" this Saturdayat the Beacon Theatre in NYC. The news was shared by Hot Tuna publicist CashEdwards on Twitter: @HotTunaBand is bringing #JeffersonAirplane oldies to @BeaconTheatre 11/23....never before done byTuna! @TheGarden http://t.co/asXkY5VCwF-- Cash Edwards(@cashedwards) November 21, 2013 Edwards also revealed a few of the evening's special guests: guitarist Larry Campbell (BobDylan / Levon Helm) and vocalist Teresa Williams (Levon Helm). We look forward to seeingwhich of the "never before done" Airplane tracks Hot Tuna winds up performing. Hot Tuna To Play Jefferson Airplane
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R.I.P. Joey Covington of Jefferson Airplane
... Goto commentsLeave a commentTweetShare Joey Covington, former drummer of Jefferson Airplane
, has passed away age of 67 after a fatal car accident in Palm Springs, California on Tuesday, June 4th. Police have confirmed that Covington was the only person in the car, and that he was not wearing his seat belt. Covington was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Covington was an accomplished drummer and musician, beginning his career with Jefferson Airplane
spinoff band Hot Tuna from 1969 to 1970. He later replaced Jefferson Airplane
's drummer Spencer Dryden in 1970, and remained with the band until 1972. In 1976 Covington co-wrote Jefferson Starship's 1976 single "With Your Love," which peaked at Number 12 on the US singles chart. He then went on to tour with various configurations of the San Francisco Allstars throughout the '80s and '90s, and performed most recently at a Marilyn Monroe tribute event three days before his death.Tweet R.I.P. Joey Covington of Jefferson Airplane
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Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane Drummer, Dead at 67
... part of the Airplane family, however, recording an album, Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango, which he released on the band's Grunt label in 1973. Covington's involvement with the members of his former group dwindled in subsequent years. In 1976, he co-wrote the hit single "With Your Love" for Jefferson Starship, but he increasingly spent the bulk of his performing time in various configurations of musicians bearing names such as the San Francisco All-Stars. He gigged regularly until the end of his life, primarily in Southern California. Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane
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Jefferson Airplane (1965-1984)
Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals) 1965-1984
Grace Slick (vocals, keyboards) 1966-1978; 1981-1984
Marty Balin (vocals) 1965-1971; 1975-1978
Jorma Kaukonen (guitar, vocals) 1965-1972
Signe Anderson (vocals) 1965-1966
Bob Harvey (bass) 1965
Jack Casady (bass) 1965-1972
Skip Spence (drums) 1965-1966
Spencer Dryden (drums) 1966-1970
Joey Covington (drums) 1970-1972
Papa John Creach (fiddle) 1971-1975
John Barbata (drums) 1972-1979
David Freiberg (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards) 1972-1984
Pete Sears (bass) 1974-1984
Craig Chaquico (guitar) 1974-1984
Aynsley Dunbar (drums) 1979-1982
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Jefferson Airplane formed in San Francisco during the summer of 1965. Balin and Kantner met at a club called the Drinking Gourd that year.
The Airplane's first gig was August 13, 1965 was at the Matrix Club, which later become a showcase for new San Francisco bands. They played the first-ever gig at the Fillmore West Auditorium.
Spence quit playing drums for this band to become the guitarist for Moby Grape. His replacement, Dryden was a former jazz drummer.
Slick was a former model, who had also sung in her (now ex) husband's band, the Great Society. Their LPs weren't released by Columbia until after Slick became a star. She replaced Anderson, who left to have a baby.
Tensions grew when Slick began stealing media attention away from founder Balin. He soon left and formed the unsuccessful Bodacious D.F.
Dryden left to replace Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart in New Riders of the Purple Sage.
The first time the Jefferson Starship name appeared was when the Airplane was forced to stop touring when Slick became pregnant with Kantner's child in 1970 (They named her China). The two recorded an album as Paul Kantner and the Jefferson Starship. The album featured guest appearances by Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, and Graham Nash, among others.
Kaukonen and Casady formed Hot S--t (later called Hot Tuna) when Kantner and Slick were recording. They would eventually leave the group to work on that band.
Barbata had been a member of the Turtles and Freiberg a member of Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Creach began as a member of Hot Tuna, who played with the Airplane when Kaukonen and Casady did. He decided to keep playing with the Airplane instead.
China Kantner grew up to an acting career (best known as Willow on Home Improvement). She was also a VJ on MTV from 1986-1988.
In February 1974, the Jefferson Airplane was changed to the Jefferson Starship. The new group featured Chaquico, at the time 19 years old, who had played in Steelwind with his high school English teacher. Kaukonen's brother, Peter, played bass with them for four months before being replaced by Sears, who had played with Rod Stewart.
In November 1976, Slick married lighting director Skip Joohnson (13 years her junior).
Dunbar had been a member of Journey. He had also played with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, and Lou Reed.
After Kantner left in 1984, the group was simply known as Starship, but still enjoyed much commercial success.
Kaukonen, Casady, Slick, Balin, and Kantner reunited for one self-titled LP in 1989. It hit #85.
In 1977, the Airplane was stopped from playing in Golden Gate Park, because there was a ban on electric instruments. It was a free concert.
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