Jefferson Starship appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena on January 9, 2022 by Joel Shover
In these unparalleled times with most live music concerts being cancelled or postponed in this crazy universe just leave it to our friends at Mohegan Sun to listen to the words of David Freiberg: “Music has the power to transport us to other places, other times and sometimes even to other worlds. Let’s go together, right now.”
As the crowd of VIP guests, young and old alike, slowly filled up the arena the fans snapped selfie photos of the stage and drum kit then the lights went down. The first chords were struck and took us back to the album Modern Times from 1981 with the hit “Find Your Way Back.” Next up was a stop in 1982 from the album Winds of Change came “Can’t Find Love” where Cathy Richardson showed she has the vocals to lead this band anywhere. Richardson is part Grace Slick mixed with some Janis Joplin and the result is the beautiful melodic sounds of Cathy.
It was now time to “Ride the Tiger” from 1974 and the certified gold debut album Dragon Fly for a rocking five minute jam. Let’s not forget to mention that the tall cool drink of water on the guitar, the only original member, and former member of Quicksilver Messenger Service, David Freiberg will be celebrating his 84th birthday this year, and what better way to celebrate but with a new album.
Mother of the Sun is an EP released in 2020 gave us the next hit for the night with “Setting Sun.” After a little bit of tuning, we were back in action with Connecticut’s own Chris Smith taking us on a trip through the 80’s Starship days with his eclectic style of keyboards that brought the crowd to their feet and singing along to “Sara”, from album Knee Deep in the Hoopla released in 1985. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” from album No Protection from back in 1987 was up next.
Now that the crowd and band collected their breaths accordingly it was time to steer this Starship back to earth, or was it? Was this really happening or was this the flashback our parents warned us of? Whatever it was it felt good and couldn’t be stopped, not even if you believe in “Miracles,” like I believe in Miracles, the bands #3 chart topper from Red Octopus from 1975.
Are we seeing double? What did the doorman say? Who is this caterpillar? Is that a “White Rabbit”? from Surrealistic Pillow 1967. It was now, through the looking glass, that we were able to see that “We Built This City,” from the album Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985,) and we built it on rock and roll with a little guitar solo help from the great Jude Gold.
It was now time for summer camp with the hit “Jane” co-written by David Freidberg from the album Freedom at Point Zero (1979). If you’re looking for “Somebody to Love,” from album Surrealistic Pillow (1967) start with former Jerry Garcia Band, Mr. fooled around and fell in love, Palo Alto Native, drummer, Donny Baldwin for keeping the time and rocking the beat. You can catch this great band in Middletown, New York. February 4, 2022 @The Historic Paramount Theatre.
Till the next show………Joel
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