It’s been a rough year for rock and roll – and it’s only January. David Bowie, Lemmy, Glenn Frey and now Paul Kantner, an original member of the Jefferson Airplane and the eventual leader of Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.
According to his publicist, the cause of death was multiple organ failure. Earlier in the week, Paul had also suffered a heart attack.
Paul, of course, is best known for his music with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. It was one of those bands that encompassed what the psychedelic 60’s were all about. Even listening to ‘White Rabbit’ today, makes you feel like you are on ‘something’
Of course, Jefferson Airplane was among the bands that took to the stage at Woodstock – celebrating peace, love and rock & roll.
With many people reacting on Twitter about another lost legend, one person was quoted as saying ‘Well At least he has the best possible view of the stars tonight’
Following Jefferson Airplane, Paul formed Jefferson Starship – but by the mid-1980s, when Slick and Mickey Thomas were lead vocalists, Kantner thought the music so “mundane” that he left the Jefferson Starship and successfully forced the remaining members not to use the name “Jefferson.” This is what Grace had to say about Paul after he left the band – which ended up being called simply ‘Starship’
That great gig in the sky is turning out to be quite the show.