Starship is one of the most iconic rock bands from the eighties, recording several of the decade’s biggest anthems, including “We Built This City”, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “Sara”. While the band’s history goes back to the sixties, the incarnation still performing these hits today was started in 1979 when Mickey Thomas joined Paul Kantner to resurrect Jefferson Starship. Mickey’s voice had become legendary after recording “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band and he was planning to pursue a solo career, but Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, “Jane”, almost immediately after getting together. Grace Slick rejoined the band in 1981, and when Paul Kantner left in 1984 it inspired Mickey and Grace to change the band’s name to just Starship. In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – the Grammy-nominated “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum. Starship followed-up their initial success with their third #1 single in 18 months, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” The song was featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin and nominated for an Academy Award. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today.
In 1988, Grace Slick left the band and Starship was temporarily disbanded. But Mickey Thomas took the reins in 1992 and has been touring relentlessly since. The current Starship features the longest running line-up in the history of the band.
Starship plans to release it’s first studio album in over a decade later this year.
Starship - The Band
Mickey’s band mates in Starship include: