Star­ship lands at Gibb­ston Val­ley vine­yard

Ahead of his big gig at Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery this weekend, Mickey Thomas tells John Edens that be­ing a part of Beatle­ma­nia made him the mu­si­cian he be­came.

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Star­ship front­man Mickey Thomas is tak­ing his time trav­el­ling New Zealand be­fore per­form­ing to an es­ti­mated crowd of 15,000 in Gibb­ston at the weekend. Star­ship have gone through sev­eral in­car­na­tions and off­shoots since the orig­i­nal lineup of Jef­fer­son Air­plane in the 1960s with its psychedelic rock and Grace Slick’s dis­tinc­tive vo­cals. Jef­fer­son Air­plane mem­bers formed Jef­fer­son Star­ship in the 1970s then Mickey Thomas split to form Star­ship, a group that be­came known for rock hits in the 80s and 90s while the Jef­fer­son group re­tained the orig­i­nal psychedelic lean­ings. Thomas, born in Ge­or­gia in the US in 1949, has lived and breathed mu­sic since 1960s and cred­its in­spi­ra­tion for em­bark­ing on a ca­reer in mu­sic to a live show by The Bea­tles in 1965. He joined Jef­fer­son Star­ship in 1979 be­fore line-up changes and per­son­al­ity dif­fer­ences led to it dis­band­ing and Star­ship fea­tur­ing Mickey Thomas was formed in 1992. Speak­ing to the Mir­ror from Taupo, Thomas said he was look­ing for­ward to the group’s first New Zealand tour. ‘‘It’s been great, the peo­ple are just awe­some, very friendly and very help­ful. All the Amer­i­cans said we’re go­ing to love it.’’ Thomas cred­its his mu­si­cal up­bring­ing in part to grow­ing up dur­ing the 1960s in the era of clas­sic rock. ‘‘I am one of those peo­ple who was lucky to be born at the right time. I was 14 when The Bea­tles in­vaded the States. ‘‘I got Beatle­ma­nia, saw them per­form live in 1965. That was my cat­a­lyst. There were so many other great bands that came along, The [Rolling] Stones, [The] An­i­mals. That whole genre, I was in­flu­enced by all of them.’’ Star­ship with Mickey Thomas are per­haps best known for their hits in the 1980s and 1990s, songs such as Jane, We Built This City and Noth­ing Gonna Stop Us Now, an Os­car nom­i­nated hit from the 1987 bodyswap movie Man­nequin. Thomas said fans were as­sured the group was plan­ning to blast out the hits and round out set lists with ma­te­rial from the group’s new al­bum Love­less Fas­ci­na­tion. 10am car park and ticket of­fice opens

11am gates open

11.30am Jody Direen on stage

1pm 10cc

3pm Star­ship 5pm Lynyrd Skynyrd 6.30pm fin­ish

food and non­al­co­holic bev­er­ages

food, beer, cider, wine and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages

avail­able free


in des­ig­nated ar­eas

$99 plus book­ing fee at tick­ or at the ticket of­fice on the day, chil­dren un­der 14 free with an adult

or­gan­is­ers prom­ise an im­prove­ment this year

Star­shipfea­tur­ingMick­eyThomas. From left: Jeff Adams, Stephanie Calvert, Phil Ben­nett, Mickey Thomas, front with sun­glasses, Dar­rell Ver­dusco and John Roth. What: Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery Sum­mer Con­cert Who: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Star­ship fea­tur­ing Mickey Thomas, along with 10cc Where: Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery When: Satur­day Timetable (all times are ap­prox­i­mate):

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