THE AIRPLANE FAMILY & FRIENDS have announced a major personnel addition: Mike Falzarano was a member of Jefferson Airplane spinoff Hot Tuna in the 1980s. In recent years he helped forge and lead a resurgent, acclaimed iteration of another Airplane spinoff, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage. THE AIRPLANE FAMILY reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna and Grateful Dead alumni – with musical luminaries – comprising a veritable “Who’s Who” of ‘The Summer of Love’s’ legendary musicians, and introducing 2 sensational vocalists. The halcyon era performers are:
Darby Slick, composer of “Somebody To Love,” who launched the career of Grace Slick in his band The Great Society before she joined Jefferson Airplane in 1966.
Peter Kaukonen, a founding member of both Hot Tuna & Jefferson Starship, and a member of Jefferson Airplane with his brother Jorma.
Prairie Prince, Jefferson Starship drummer (1992-2007), also co-founded The Tubes, regularly tours with Todd Rundgren; and, is a world famous Artist & designer.
Slick Aguilar, Jefferson Starship lead guitarist (1992-2015), also David Crosby (1983-1986) & Kantner, Balin, Casady Band.
Eva Avila, acclaimed Canadian Idol winner, actress & star of the acclaimed production “The Wall Live Extravaganza” makes her U.S. debut reprising Grace Slick’s vocal repertoire. Joli Valenti, son of Dino Valenti, sings Marty Balin’s timeless parts & brings selections from Quicksilver Messenger Service who often shared the bill with The Dead & Airplane back in the Fillmore era.
Also appearing is LIVE DEAD 69 comprised of original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, who played all the keyboards on the original “Live Dead” recording; and, Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones, which featured every other surviving Grateful Dead member. Live Dead 69 shall perform the classic “Live Dead” (recorded in 1969) in its entirety for the first time anywhere ever.