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Gold (Jefferson Starship album)

Gold (Jefferson Starship album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It helps to be somewhat hard of hearing when you go to a Jefferson Starship concert.  If you’re not, don’t worry, you will be for the next one.  I really can’t remember the last time I was at a real rock concert…ok yes I can. Last one was about 2004 when I saw Courtney Love in San Francisco and that only counts as half an attendance because I was seated in the reserved  balcony seats (relegated to those special friends of a band member) and so the din was more or less concentrated on the mosh pit people.  The time before that was about 1990 when I went to a Neil Young concert (don’t ask).

Last night we had tickets to see Tommy James and the Shondels and the warm-up act was supposed to be The Young Rascals.  Ok fitting enough for an aging bunch of baby boomers.  Well about a week ago, an email went out explaining how the Rascals road trip was taking a detour and Jefferson Starship would be replacing them AND if we wanted out money back we could have it.  I really didn’t want to exchange the tickets or return them; The pickin’s were slim enough this year for us.

So far we’ve been to The Raise the  Roof benefit concert and The Lettermen, who were just great.  Saturday night and the auditorium was pretty full.  Out comes a short stocky gray-haired man, a lanky blonde wearing black and white spandex tights similar to a court jester and then a youngish bald-headed guitarist and another aging-hippie type gray-haired guitarist with a bandana around his head.  So that’s what a rock group of the early 70’s looks like 40 plus years later!

Jefferson Starship was/is a rock band formed in the early 1970’s by several members of the psychedelic rock band, Jefferson Airplane.  I think some of them were still on an acid trip.  And for sure the guy sitting behind was definitely pharmaceutically happy.  It was a most unpleasant experience!  The music was loud and that’s an understatement.  The guy behind us was just as loud trying to carry on a conversation with a person two seats away.  I didn’t understand ONE WORD they sang.

And added to my general dismay over the music, I wasn’t feeling well either.  The night before, I felt a raspy throat and told Peter I was sure I was coming down with something.  By Saturday night, I was sucking on hard candy and Hall’s trying not to cough during the concert.  Not that anyone could have possibly heard my coughing anyway.  Well I did get sick and am still in the throes of a sinus infection post bronchitis.  Why do I mention this?  This blog was started July 23rd and here we are at August 2nd and I haven’t had the energy to finish this post or write another.  I hope to be on the mend soon and back to writing blog posts on a more regular basis.

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