The Jefferson spacecraft will shake up the RiverPark Center | New

Jefferson Starship, the San Francisco rock band known for their ’70s hits “Count on Me,” “Jane” and “Runaway,” will perform at the RiverPark Center at 7 pm Thursday.

“We can’t wait to come to Owensboro and make your face vibrate,” said Cathy Richardson, lead singer of the group for 13 years.

Jefferson Starship was born from the release of their late rhythm guitarist Paul Kantner of “Bows Against the Empire” in 1970 as “Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship”, while Kantner was part of the popular 60s band Jefferson Airplane .

Jefferson Airplane eventually split into two groups, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship, in which the latter was formally formed in 1974 by Kantner and lead singer Grace Slick. Other members of the original lineup included drummer John Barbata, lead guitarist Craig Chaquico, violinist Papa John Creach, backing vocalist, bassist and keyboardist David Freiberg, and bassist Peter Kaukonen.

After touring and releasing their first Gold certified album “Dragon Fly” in 1974, the band continued to tour despite line-up changes, and released four top 10 albums, including their 1975 album “Red Octopus”, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums. graphic, with the first single “Miracles” peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

After further staff changes, Kantner left the group in 1985 and disbanded the group, where the remaining members formed the more pop group Starship, which went on to be successful with hits such as “We Built This City. “and the Oscar nominated song” Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now “from the 1987 romantic comedy film” Mannequin “.

Kantner eventually revived the group and resumed touring and studio projects in 1992.

The current lineup consists of Richardson, Freiberg, drummer Donny Baldwin, bass, keyboard and synth player Chris Smith, and lead and rhythm guitarist Jude Gold.

Richardson, who was already established in the music industry with a Grammy nomination to his name for the 2003 Cathy Richardson Band album “The Road to Bliss”, thought joining the band was a step in the right direction. .

“It was amazing. It’s like beyond a dream come true, ”said Richardson. “I ran my own band for 20 years at that time and I was an artist in my own right, writing my own music and releasing my own records (for) decades. But, I have never had this kind of revolutionary success. It was always just a series of little things over the years that built this career. By the time I joined the band, I was almost 40 years old and had decades of experience as a singer. I just think it was a big step… in my life.

Richardson was living in San Francisco after finishing her stint playing Janis Joplin on the Off-Broadway show “Love, Janis”, when she met Kantner and the band members while Richardson performed with Joplin’s original band Big Brother and the Holding Company, on the 2007 ‘Summer of Love’ 40th Anniversary Tour with Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, It’s a Beautiful Day and Tom Constanten, Grateful Dead keyboardist.

“I met (the band), they saw me singing every night and we became friends,” Richardson said. “I’ve always been a big, big fan.”

Diana Mangano, the singer for Jefferson Starship at the time, decided to leave the group soon after, which left a vacancy.

“It really was the perfect time for me to step in,” said Richardson. “It really made a lot of sense to me. Maybe not so much for the people who knew me to sing Janis songs, but I was always a bigger fan of Jefferson, especially Jefferson Starship growing up and I love their music. I feel like I really understood it and the role for me.

Richardson’s first show as a member of the band went off without a hitch, despite some issues during the initial balance.

“I remember I was really nervous. I remember being given a list of 150 songs to learn, but I didn’t know what the set list would be, ”said Richardson.

Richardson said the current roster has reached its own legion of fans.

“Our group has fans – people who love our Jefferson Starship,” said Richardson. “They love old music, and of course we play it (because) it’s our job, but they love to hear us make music. It has been incredibly rewarding, exciting – everything.

The band released their 11th studio album, “Mother of the Sun” last August, their first studio release in 12 years. Richardson said the band had just finished recording five new songs for a future project and recently mixed a live double album, which is to include video footage.

“We try to keep it fresh, to keep it new, but always with… a deep vow to the past where we’re from,” said Richardson.

For Thursday night, Richardson is hoping the audience will have fun and expect the unexpected.

“Get ready to hear all the songs you know and love from Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship,” said Richardson. “Expect to have a good time, singing, and you never know, something weird can happen – it always happens. So be there for that.

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