KBC Band

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Not to be confused with The KBC.
KBC Band
Origin San Francisco, California,
United States
Genres Rock
Years active 1985–1987
Associated acts Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna
Past members Slick Aguilar
Marty Balin
Jack Casady
Keith Crossnan
Tim Gorman
Paul Kantner
Darrell Verdusco

KBC Band 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 debut LP, KBC Band, featured the hits "America", which found renewed interest after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and "It's Not You, It's Not Me", which attracted airplay on album-oriented rock radio.[citation needed]

The band performed supporting tours from 1985–1987 before Kantner left for Nicaragua to investigate the Sandinista situation.[1] The band did not perform after his return. Kantner said that Balin was becoming "difficult" near the end of KBC's existence.[2] 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".[3] They had also performed "Let's Go", which was considered for but rejected from that album.[4]

After Jefferson Airplane broke up again, Kantner, Aguilar, and Gorman reformed Jefferson Starship, which Casady and Balin would eventually rejoin as well. All members of KBC Band except for Verdusco and Crossnan participated in the recording of Deep Space/Virgin Sky and Windows of Heaven. As of 2008, Verdusco is a member of Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.



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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-03403-0. 
  3. ^ Fenton, p. 313.
  4. ^ Fenton, p. 341.