Mickey Thomas is the voice associated with the band that was once Jefferson Airplane, morphed into Jefferson Starship in the '70s and, eventually, dropped the Jefferson altogether in the '80s, as Thomas led the group through FM rock radio staples like "Jane" and "Find Your Way Back." This music had little, if anything, in common with the original Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic blues and folk, instead favoring a pop sound heavy on arena-rock guitars and dropping any hint of the band's San Francisco roots.
Thomas arrived in Starship land with a proven track record, his powerful voice and incredible range having graced the 1976 Elvin Bishop Band hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." He brought immaculate pop sensibilities to the band and steered it on a hit-heavy course throughout the '80s.
Now, Thomas has formed a new version of Starship, with vocalist Stephanie Calvert, guitarist Mark Abrahamian, bassist Jeff Adams, keyboardist Phil Bennett and drummer Darrell Verdusco. The ensemble arrives for a show inside the Avalon Ballroom, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, at 9 p.m. Saturday. The show is sold out.
-- Jeff Miers