Starship and Mickey Thomas Storm the Paramount Stage with Throwback Tunes
Carlos Villamayor, Featured Writer
Mickey Thomas and Starship’s night at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on September 30 was a lively trip down memory lane for many long-time fans seeking to re-experience some of the most iconic music of the 80s.
Carol and Neil from Carmel, praised the band’s consistency in the quality of its lyrics and rhythm. “Miracles” and “We Built This City,” two of the couple’s favorite songs, provide a good example of this consistency, as both were released ten years apart, in ’75 and ’85, respectively.
The opening guest for the night was Artie Tobia, an Americana singer and songwriter from New Rochelle.
The night had double the fun for Laura, Alice, and Liz, who were Starship fans and also knew Tobia from grammar school and followed his career. During the intermission, Laura said she had enjoyed Tobia’s mellow opening but was ready for Starship. She and her friends complimented Mickey’s voice, and wondered how far back the band’s set list for the night would go.
Starship opened with “Be My Lady,” from the 1982 album Winds of Change, back when Starship was still known as Jefferson Starship. The band then performed “Jane,” from the 1979 album Freedom at Point Zero, Mickey’s first album with Jefferson Starship.
Next up was the 1987 hit single “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” a powerful demonstration that Mickey Thomas still has it—his voice has not changed. Stephanie Calvert’s strong vocals were also a crucial element of the band’s performance.
Dorine, from Hopewell Junction, has been a fan since the 70s. She fondly remembered how, as an infant, her son loved Starship’s music and would dance to it. She said that is actually how she got into the band, and has followed its music ever since.
Tom and Eve, from Bloomfield, NJ, said they pretty much grew up with the band’s music, as did many others who followed the band’s history and “what the band was about, the anti-establishment ideas [of the time].”
Check the Paramount’s website to keep up to date with upcoming performers, like David Cassidy on October 28 and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on November 4.