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    Posted: 29 Jan 2016 at 1:00am
Another one gone.
 
Paul Kantner, founder and guitarist of one of my all-time favorite bands, the Jefferson Airplane, and husband of Grace Slick, has died at 74 following a heart attack.
 
I used to talk with this guy when he'd bring his daughter (future MTV VJ China Kantner) to the comedy club I used to work at, to see Bobcat Goldthwait.
 
Here he is with his band, performing an impromptu (and illegal) show on a rooftop in NYC, 1968.  The song is House at Pooneil Corners, one of my favorites by them.  This is considered the first ever "guerrilla gigs", followed a few months later by the Beatles performance atop the Abbey Road Studios.
 
 
 
 
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They're dropping like flies, aren't they?

We've got another week left in January.

Wonder if we'll see another one.
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^  I hope not.  These deaths are actually draining me.  I'm getting numb.
 
 
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The staggering deaths of older musicians dying in January is getting creepy. I knew when Natalie Cole died on New Years Eve this was a bad foreshadowing of other older musicians dying in 2016.
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Originally posted by Donathan Donathan wrote:

The staggering deaths of older musicians dying in January is getting creepy. I knew when Natalie Cole died on New Years Eve this was a bad foreshadowing of other older musicians dying in 2016.
 
Lemmy of Motorhead died a few days before her.  You have no idea who Lemmy or Motorhead are.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

^  I hope not.  These deaths are actually draining me.  I'm getting numb.


Careful or you might get the vapors....



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...while turning Japanese?
 
 
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That's a personal choice.
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RIP PK - thanks for the years of prickin' & trickin' my ears...enjoyed a number of your musical efforts.
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DisapproveYea, o.k., fine - but I'm gettin' pretty tired of this sh*t, doncha know.
I've had it with people croaking - sometimes it seems I hardly know anyone, anymore...but I guess I can live with that as long as I can make money off of 'em, eh? Think about it - doesn't it suck when you wake up to the suprise of one who has died? There are no winners there, 'cept the one who grabbed their 'MudMonkey Merit Badge' and even then, sometimes they get in the way of progress, cancha tell! Pisses ya off and sometimes seems like their last nasty practical joke is on you and ya end up getting all sensative and taking it personal an' whatnot...pretty rude, if I do say so myself.
We can change all of that.
*I* say we bet on who is next - ya know, kind of a 'musical dead pool' - 'round and around they go, someone drops in the box, someone else gets a free box lunch for a week. Whadda ya say?
"Gee, PaW - it's not fair! You know more dead musical peeps than we do...", the Teeming Minions whine like the idiots they are - "KNEW", not "know"...sheeesh!
I like everyone to be even at the 'Starting Gates', so, well...here - kind of a sheet of who is dead to date, including one musician who died twice. "Would that be a case of 'Deja Vu', PaW?!", a lemming asked me, to which I replied, "Yes".
 
 
Hope this helps the mindless guess a little betterWink
 
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Now...Here's a toast to Paul;
May you rest well - maybe even better than 'John', below, since you probably didn't have the same 'friends' leaving such a sweet 'secret message' for you and eternity.
 
'Dora The Explorer & Boots The Monkey' ask:
Can anyone else see the 'secret message'? No, it isn't 'Montreal'! That's where the grave is...now, come on! YOU CAN DO IT!
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I think we are in the process of finding out the general expectable lifespan of people who spend their youth ingesting copious amounts of drugs.

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Aye, but Keith Richards will live forever. I think he's pickled. Or smoked. Either way....
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I was fortunate enough to see the Jefferson Airplane several times, and I was a huge fan of that band. Paul Kantner was the true leader of the J.A......and he was at the heart of their psychedelia.
I saw his latest band recently, and although they weren't as great as the original version, they still rocked, and Paul was still in fine voice, as well as his excellent guitar playing.
I will miss Paul Kantner forever.....and I hope he's jamming in heaven with Jerry Garcia, and many of his other friends who are already there.
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I only saw them once---Wall Stadium, NJ, 1971.  It was my first real concert.  I was 15.  It was great, but I was a little disappointed in the setlist, as they were promoting their new album Bark, and weren't playing a lot of the songs I wanted to hear.
 
JF Murphy and Salt was the warmup band.
 
 

 
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This one's kind of obscure, but worth mentioning, anyway...
 
Turns out the original female lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane (named Signe Anderson, featured in their first album while Grace was still in The Great Society) died the same day as Kantner.  She was 74.
 

 
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That's probably why they replaced her with Slick.

They figured she'd be dead in fifty years so they'd better get another lead singer.

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Then shouldn't Kantner have replaced himself, too?
 
Cher could've been a good choice for the band.  Great voice, and looked every bit as hot as Grace.  And she didn't drop out of music like Grace did.
 
 
 
 
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He wouldn't fire himself.

He was a founding member and instrumentalist.

She was just a chick singer.

I doubt Cher woulda joined unless they let Sonny join too.

Then they would've had to rename the band JefferSonny & Cherplane.

See what I did there?

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Looking for hints: Anyone aware of any musicians in the hospital and near death, today? Tryin' to get my bets placed...
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"Nyerk" is right.
 
If Cher left, Sonny would've had to sing "Baby, Don't Go" by himself.
 
 
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Looking for hints: Anyone aware of any musicians in the hospital and near death, today? Tryin' to get my bets placed...
 
Probably half of them.  I mean, think of all the musicians from the 60s and 70s who are at that "dying" age now.  I assume we're going to be seeing a lot more in the coming months and years.  At some point, we're going to be completely Beatle-less.  That'll be odd.
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

"Nyerk" is right.

If Cher left, Sonny would've had to sing "Baby, Don't Go" by himself.


So, you weren't impressed by my clever wordplay, eh?

Oh well. True genius is never appreciated in it's own time.

JefferSonny and Cherplane....

I kill me.

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OK...that was great.
 
 
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....is such an unfortunate thing.




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