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November 2, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Need somebody to love? Felt the need to feed your head lately? Then you might welcome the news that former Jefferson Airplane bandmates Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are working together on new material, with a view towards rehearsing the stuff throughout the month and then, perhaps, taking the new tunes on the road. Kantner spokeswoman Cynthia Bowman confirmed the Airplane reunion as definite, but added the quartet is talking to Warner Bros.
April 7, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"2400 Fulton Street." Jefferson Airplane. RCA (AAD). With 135 minutes of music on two discs (45 minutes more than on the companion two-record set), this collection presents the Airplane as not just the best band to emerge from the love and Haight scene of San Francisco, but as one of the top American rock bands of its time, period. Most impressive is that it does so without ignoring some of the band's lesser or offbeat moments--including two time-capsuleish radio commercials for Levi's.
May 7, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
AIRPLANE UPDATE: Marty Balin has rejoined the retooled Jefferson Airplane, which has signed with Epic Records. The lineup now includes all of the key players of the original Airplane, which shot to stardom in 1967--Balin, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The group announced its plans to regroup two months ago, but Balin wasn't on board at that point. But he and his former band mates have since come to terms. The group is recording its first Epic album in a Los Angeles studio, sharing production chores with producer Ron Nevison.
March 19, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
* Bob Dylan, right, will be joined by fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on May 21 and 22 and the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on May 23. Tickets go on sale Monday. . . . Teen idols the Backstreet Boys are due Aug. 8 at the Universal Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale Saturday. . . . Tickets will also be available Saturday for Mary J.
September 13, 2001
* Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, led by singer Nick Cave, above, come to the Warfield to play their dark pop music. Sept. 21-22. 982 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 775-7723. * The African-American Shakespeare Company performs "The Tempest" on Sept. 21-23, 29-30 and Oct. 13-14, 20-21. Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, (415) 762-2071. * Lamplighters Music Theatre will present its 36th annual Champagne Gala 2001 on Nov. 2-3.
March 7, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND
Hot Tuna's much-loved (by a knowing few) brand of stone-washed acoustic blues was augmented Saturday night at the Variety Arts Center by a sit-in appearance by guitarist Paul Kantner and the guest fly-by of the lovable Papa John Creach. Whatever sentiment there might have been in such a meeting of old comrades, however, making softly fantastic music was the main thing.
July 9, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Its ratings will probably look less like those of "MTV Unplugged" than just "The Nielsen Families' Sets Unplugged." But, however limited an audience it might draw, the series "Played in the U.S.A." promises to take hard-core American music buffs on a commendably eclectic ride in the coming months. It airs on KCET-TV Channel 28 Friday nights from 11 to midnight.
February 28, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Hot Tuna has never come off as a Type A type of band. It began as a laid-back spinoff from one of the all-time nerve-frazzled rock groups, the Jefferson Airplane. The Airplane took itself pretty seriously in the '60s as a setter of countercultural styles and political agendas, and it had its share of stormy internal politics among three front-line singers and songwriters, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Marty Balin.
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