Band to go ahead with scheduled tour after guitarist and singer passes away

Jefferson Starship, the band formed from the ashes of Jefferson Airplane and who were led by the late Paul Kantner, have announced that they will continue touring in the wake of their co-founder’s death.

Kantner, who played guitar and sang in the San Francisco psychedelic band, died last week (January 28) from organ failure and septic shock. He was aged 74.

According to a report on Jambands, the band have decided to carry on with their tour, which started last month and is due to finish April 14 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The band’s current lineup includes David Freiberg of fellow San Francisco psychedelic rockers Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson and Jude Gold.

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Kantner’s former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman, mother to one of his three children, confirmed the news of his passing to The Associated Press (as reported by The Guardian).

Bowman said that Kantner had been admitted to a hospital in San Francisco after falling ill.

Jefferson Airplane broke up in 1972 when its members split into the two bands: Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship.

“He was the first guy I picked for the band and he was the first guy who taught me how to roll a joint,” Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin wrote of Kantner on Facebook. “And although I know he liked to play the devil’s advocate, I am sure he has earned his wings now”.