Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas
“In some ways, this feels like a 70s record. It’s organic, and there’s a real edge to it.”
Mickey Thomas isn’t speaking in a nostalgic sense. The front man for Starship, the venerable San Francisco band behind several of the 20th century’s biggest pop and rock anthems (“We Built This City,” “Sara,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”) is simply talking about the vibe of his band’s new album, Loveless Fascination, the group’s first studio record in over 20 years and first for Loud & Proud Records.
The band’s new record marks another important turning point for the group, which has one of the most storied histories in rock-n-roll. While forming as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, the current incarnation of what is now Starship began in 1979 when Thomas joined Paul Kanter to resurrect Jefferson Airplane’s follow-up group Jefferson Starship. (Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick rejoined Starship in 1981, leaving again in 1988)
Prior to joining Starship, Thomas was best known for his work with the Elvin Bishop Band (“Fooled Around and Fell in Love”). His powerful, melodic vocals marked a new chapter in the band’s history, helping Starship land a string of hits on radio and MTV throughout the next decade, including “Jane,” “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” and the No. 1 hits “Sara,” the Oscar-nominated “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “We Built This City,” which newer fans may best know for its placement in the popular musical/movie Rock of Ages.
“Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “The World is a Ghetto” “Slippin’ into Darkness” “Spill the Wine”
WAR’s long-hailed musical virtuosity and influences, which include, jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B, and Latin, have impacted their fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation, or genre. Founding member, Lonnie Jordan, states that this is one “WAR” that has truly brought people together for peace, love, and harmony. WAR is not a band. WAR is a Movement!
In the late 1960’s, WAR was created by producer-songwriter Jerry Goldstein and British singer Eric Burdon. In the members of the band that would become known as WAR, Burdon found musicians who were able to back his improvisational flights-of-fancy with the ease of jazz masters.
WAR's career skyrocketed in the early 1970’s with the release of “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother as their exhilarating sound spoke to millions of Americans about the troubled times of Vietnam and Watergate as well as the tensions of the inner cities and racial strife.
In 1972, they released The World Is a Ghetto which was very successful. Its second single, "The Cisco Kid" shipped gold, and the album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine's Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973. In 1975 when the Russians and Americans hooked up together in space, NASA played their gold anthem "Why Can't We Be Friends?” Jumping ahead 38 years later, WAR was invited to play the theme song, “Why Can’t We Unfriend?” for National Facebook “Unfriend” Day on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
WAR’s music and history transcends generations of pop culture and has a universal appeal to parents, grandparents, and children across the world.
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