So commences the
12th year of the 7th
iteration of The Kantnerian Dynasty ...
Past the Starship Enterprise (first 3, then 7 years), past Deep Space
Nine (7 years) & the Starship Voyager (7 years) ... JEFFERSON STARSHIP
sails ever onward ... it's legendary journey - both temporal & corporeal.
If all goes according to plan, this will be a very interesting year for
the band. We have already booked our most extensive non-summer runs in
the New England & the mid-west ... the latter of which shall be
electric. We are holding Spring dates in San Francisco & The Bay
Area & shall announce them soon. Demand for our services is massive
- could all The War Mongering be at fault? We are holding many summer
festivals dates & intend on adding many, many more. Additionally, we
intend on visiting Europe three, count 'em - three separate times in
2003: Germany & Italy in Spring ... festivals in Summer ... &
our 2nd annual (why not?) UK/Europe theater sortie in Fall.
We are negotiating to perform several prestigious cultural events ...
For me, the
most difficult aspect of membership ... was in most probability, the
least difficult for members. That is, the laminates granting unlimited,
free access to the band's performances. To be crass for a moment, this
was the singular most valuable premium for membership (aside from the
joy of paying dues, supporting the band). I have wrestled over &
over, with the concept of altering this in some fashion, (it drove the
promoters crazy, having to deal with it on their end!). Try as I may, I
cannot get around the fact, that to diminish premiums in ANY capacity,
would also diminish your joy ... & feeling of par value for paying
dues to The Society.
Accordingly, here is what I propose, for 2003 JS3C membership:
LAMINATES that allow gratis admission to all Jefferson Starship
general admission performances, ARE BACK, with the following caveat:
Cartographers will be guaranteed said admission to no less than 8 shows
(& in all likelihood, ALL shows they desire to attend); however,
CONFIRMATION of attendance must be made in writing, via email, at least 48 hours in advance. Said CONFIRMATION will be coordinated by one East Coast based, one West Coast based, & one UK based (for ALL of Europe)
JS3C member, whose names shall be determined within several days.
II--2 CDS FROM THE ARCHIVES will again, accompany membership. I am not at liberty to divulge exactly what they are - but suffice to say, if you were pleased with last year's PERRO/BVT 'out's - then YOU know that I know that YOU know, you're gonna dig 'em ... AND they can't be found in anyone's tape collection, except ours!
III--"PAUL KANTNER's NICARAUGUA DIARY" (Expanded, Director's Cut & Accompanying Music & Revolutionary Poetry) ... we send these later in
IV--THE DOWNLOAD PORTAL, an expanded 'members only' audio/video archive.
V-JEFFERSON STARTOURS, wherein our team of travel professionals in conjunction with the newly formed JS3C SPACE TRUCKERS, make it fun, easy & economical to join the band in faraway places.
Thanks for listening ... all the best in 2003. Now, as The Baron says:
"Go out & stuff the universe into your eyes!"
... & Welcome Aboard!!!
Cheers- Michael Gaiman/ Mission Control/ 26 January, 2003