KBC Band

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KBC Band
OriginSan Francisco, California,
United States
Years active1985–1987
Associated actsJefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna
Past membersSlick Aguilar
Marty Balin
Jack Casady
Keith Crossnan
Tim Gorman
Paul Kantner
Darrell Verdusco

KBC Band (also sometimes referred to as The Kantner Balin Casady Band)[1][2] was formed in 1985 by former Jefferson Airplane (later Jefferson Starship) members Paul Kantner (guitar and vocals), Marty Balin (vocals and guitar) and Jack Casady (bass). Other members included Keith Crossan (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Tim Gorman (keyboards and vocals), Slick Aguilar (guitar and vocals) and Darrell Verdusco (drums). Their sole LP, KBC Band, featured the singles "America" and "It's Not You, It's Not Me."[3]

The band performed supporting tours from 1985–1987 before Kantner left for Nicaragua to investigate the Sandinista situation.[4] The band did not perform after his return. Kantner said that Balin was becoming "difficult" near the end of KBC's existence.[5] However, Kantner and Casady continued to perform onstage together during Hot Tuna concerts in late 1987 and early 1988, and the three reunited with Grace Slick and Jorma Kaukonen for a Jefferson Airplane reunion album and a reunion tour in 1989, along with Tim Gorman on keyboards for the tour.[citation needed] The album included three songs that had been performed by KBC Band: "Planes", "Solidarity" and "Summer of Love".[6] They had also performed "Let's Go", which was considered for but rejected from that album.[7]

In 1992, Kantner, Casady, Aguilar, and Gorman reformed Jefferson Starship. Balin would also eventually rejoin them in 1993. All members of KBC Band except for Verdusco and Crossan participated in the recording of Deep Space/Virgin Sky and Windows of Heaven. Verdusco has been a member of Starship featuring Mickey Thomas since 1993.



  • Fenton, Craig (2006). Take Me to a Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual. Infinity Publishing. ISBN 978-0741436566.


  1. ^ Buckley, P. (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Music rough guide. Rough Guides. p. pt514. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Helander, B. (2001). The Rockin' 60s: The People Who Made the Music. Schirmer Books. p. pt389. ISBN 978-0-85712-811-9. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 288. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
  4. ^ Kantner, Paul (1987). Nicaragua Diary: How I Spent My Summer Vacation or I Was a Commie Dupe for the Sandinistas. Little Dragon Press. ASIN B0006EQSWO.
  5. ^ Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-03403-0.
  6. ^ Fenton, p. 313.
  7. ^ Fenton, p. 341.