KBC Band

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

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), Mark "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 becomes difficult sometimes and 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 did reunite with Grace Slick and Jorma Kaukonen for a Jefferson Airplane reunion album and a reunion tour in 1989, along with Tim Gorman playing keyboards for the tour.[citation needed]

After Jefferson Airplane broke up again, Kantner, Aguilar, and Gorman reformed Jefferson Starship, which Casady and Balin would also join once again. 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.




  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.