Okay, so last week ABC  News published an article about Rolling Stone magazine’s online poll  that named “We Built This City” by Starship as the worst song of the 80’s.  There was a complete top ten list on their blog.

I wish to focus on their number one pick.


 I had the chance to see Starship (along with Night Ranger) on their 1985 tour.  This was when Night Ranger was promoting their new album 7 Wishes and singing their hits from, Midnight Madness and Dawn Patrol (“You Can Still Rock in America”,” When You Close Your Eyes”, among others and encoring with” Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”).   Starship was promoting Knee Deep In The Hoopla.

Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship have gone through band name changes and band member changes throughout their time together (mid 1960’s – present), but the band members in the 80’s were already in their mid 30’s to 40’s and were playing more pop, synthesizer based songs.  This was fine with me, because I wasn’t a big teen rocker anyway.  It was the 80’s remember.  Let’s just say that John Hughes had a lot to do with my music choices as a teen.

I couldn’t remember the exact date of the concert, but Stone City Attractions has it as Thursday, October 24, 1985.

Found a review of the concert from the Houston show at the Houston Chronicle archives.  I really don’t remember much of the concert (because I was so young) but I do remember that I was probably the only person in the Convention Center Arena that bought a Starship tshirt instead of a Night Ranger tshirt.  Um, yeah, told you I wasn’t much of a rocker in the 80’s.

Even though Rolling Stone’s online readers considered “We Built This City” as the worst song of the 80’s in their poll, I’ve come to realize that way back then, I experienced something pretty cool.

Check it out.  Starship (no longer able to call themselves “Jefferson” Anything due to a lawsuit by a former member) was an iconic band.  However, I was too young to appreciate it.  Also, they came into my consciousness after their psychedelic rock years,  when they were already playing more pop and had lost most of their original members.  But Grace Slick had such an intense voice, is a rock and roll icon and has been a trail blazer for modern rock women.  Check out White Rabbit or Somebody to Love if you don’t believe me.

You can watch Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane sing White Rabbit at Woodstock here.

Jefferson Airplane is a band that is thought of by many when they think about/remember/imagine “the summer of love”.  According to blogcritics.org, they played the three big music festivals of the 1960’s:  Monterey, Altamont, & Woodstock and they were on the June 28, 1968 cover of LIFE magazine.

AND they were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

So I figure if they want to claim that they built this city…who am I to disagree?  Also, according to the information from the Houston Chronicle archives, Starship played White Rabbit during their encore during their 1985 tour.

Okay, so maybe I don’t remember much of that night all those years ago,  but I can say that I was there in the Convention Center Arena in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, October 24, 1985 listening to rock legend Grace Slick sing “White Rabbit”.

MY MIND IS OFFICIALLY BLOWN!

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