2016 continues to be a weird and upsetting year. People I care deeply about have health problems, money problems and family problems. Other people I have cared about seem to have disappeared completely from my life, and all around us the signs and portents continue to cast a dark pall over everything.
This morning I managed to mislay my reading glasses, (Corinna found them later) and so I was squinting myopically at the screen of my computer when I read the email from Rob Ayling telling me that Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has died aged 74. I only met him the once, when Jefferson Starship played a blinding set in a Southampton club a few years ago. In an industry not always noted for its good manners he was a courteous and kind man, and one hell of a songwriter. We shall all miss him. This weekend's magazine will be the third tribute issue since Christmas.
There truly is a bad moon rising.
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies aged 74
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - The Ballad Of You & Pooneil (...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Kantner - Have Yo...
Gonzo Weekly #166
Don Falcone, Spirits Burning, Mack Maloney, Ekat Bork, Beatles, Miles, Zapple, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Eagles, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Don Falcone from Spirits Burning is on the front cover together with an exclusive interview with him inside. There is a feature on the extraordinary Ekat Bork, and Doug and John say goodbye to Glenn Frey. We examine Miles' first hand account of the rise and fall of Zapple Records, Corinna unearths a picture of some gorgeous Kiss groupies, and Jopn muses about our relationship with dead celebrities. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, and Mack Moloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
David Bowie, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, Frank Zappa, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Don McLean, Steve Ignorant, Slice of Life,Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit,
Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Glenn Lewis Frey, Andrew Johnson, Clarence Henry Reid (Blowfly), Mic Gillette, Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Gary Alexander Loizzo, Pete Huttlinger, Lee Abramson, The Pirates, Freddie King, Denny Laine, The Selecter, Galahad, Wild Man Fischer, Rick Wakeman, Don Falcone, Spirits Burning, John Brodie-Good, Paul Whitrow, Ekat Bork, Roy Weard, A
J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Beatles, Pete Sears, Elvis, Herman's Hermits, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Handel, Maria Malibran, Stephen Fry, Boards of Canada, Celtibeerian
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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