Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship plans to rock Tel Aviv this September Photo by Michael Gaiman
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Jefferson Starship, the American rock band, is arriving in Israel for one performance only on September 4 at Reading 3 at the Tel Aviv Port. The group emerged in California from the pieces of the iconic band Jefferson Airplane, one of the first psychedelic rock bands to go mainstream in the 1960s and '70s.

The Starship enterprise still boasts two of the original Airplane pilots – Paul Kantner and David Freiberg. Several female vocalists have replaced the venerable Gracie Slick in the 20 years since she parted ways with the band.

The current tour features Grammy-nominated Cathy Richardson as belter-in-residence.

Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco in 1965. Their fresh, kaleidoscopic sounds became one of the soundtracks of the Summer of Love (1967) and Woodstock (1969), both of which are milestones that defined a generation and, perhaps, changed a nation.

The group dissolved by the mid-1970s but was immediately resuscitated in the form of Jefferson Starship. Since then, its name has changed and members have fluctuated, though always with some toehold on the original concept. In 1989 an official reunion materialized with a new album and tour. In 1996, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Though they experimented with, and became well known for, their pop-driven tunes in the mid-1980s, the current iteration of the band is more loyal to the electric folk rock sound that launched them into the universe, and will now  land on the Mediterranean coast at the beginning of September.