Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

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Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

Postby bill-thompson on Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:32 pm

We left New York on Aug 21 1968 and flew to Brussels.
We stayed a very fancy hotel called the "Metropol." We stayed
the night and the next day flew to Stockholm. The hotel had
the toilets down the hall from our rooms.We had brought Marty's
father with us. When I was checking us out Joe came over and said that he couldn't figure out how to use the restroom. It came to me that he had
gone potty in the bidet. We got to the airport and got on SAS and
Jorma was listening to music on his head set. The stewardess
asked him to turn it off. Jorma refused. The pilot, a big bald man,
came out and ordered Jorma to turn off the music or he have to
throw him off the plane. The people in the seats are all going "Yes!"
I jumped up and ordered Jorma to turn off the music. I then went
and told the pilot that we were a rock & roll band and had not gotten
much sleep in the last few days. We were allowed to travel to
Stockholm. The band all had long hair down to their backs and
probably freaked out the Europeans in 1968.
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Re: Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

Postby ari on Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:35 pm

hy and thanks indrestin information... were you same year in Finland? I wonder my father Raimo Kaukonen was some where at 60 in consert and come home whit lp...
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Re: Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

Postby bear melter420 on Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:45 am

or maybe she was horny and liked to have sex with dudes. not that there is anything wrong with that, it's natural. I love grace and would never talk bad about her. having sex with him to make good with him for that? i just don't see it happening
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Re: Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

Postby Susan Butcher on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:56 am

To have kicked Jim's bum - what a claim to fame! Grace, you're my hero!
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Re: Jefferson Airplane's first trip to Europe

Postby redrabid on Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:54 pm

This is a re-creation of a post that was accidentily erased. Think of it as posted before the two posts above by bear melter420 and Susan Butcher.
In 1968 Jefferson Airplane toured Europe with The Doors. All of you probably know that famous event how Jim Morrison invaded the stage at the beginning of JA's performance in Amsterdam, danced like a madman and than collapsed, overpowered by drugs and booze. Most of the time it is told in almost loving words. But in reality it was quite an ugly scene. A few years ago an article in a dutch music magazine gave us the real story, based on the memories of various attendants of that show. The members of JA were visibly annoyed, even infuriated by Jim's dance with his demons. He really was a nuissance, getting caught up in chords and things like that, obstructing their performance. It was eventually Grace Slick who kicked (literally!) Jim off the stage. Maybe that strawberry incident during that tour was just an act of making good by Grace.
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