As a result of my research into other areas of Rock Prosopography, I have ended up with a fairly detailed list of Jefferson Airplane performances from 1965-69. Since I have no other plans for it, I am posting it here. This list leans heavily on the posted Jefferson Airpane set lists document by Scott Abbott, as well as information from Jeff Tamarkin’s fine book Got A Revolution, but it includes considerably more shows. Please forward any changes, updates, advice or criticism.
The previous installments listed known shows from Jefferson Airplane’s formation through 1965 and 1966. The first post in the sequence is here. This post covers known shows from May through September 1968. [dates that have been added since the original post are shown as added]
May 3-4, 1968 Fillmore East, New York, NY
Jefferson Airplane/Crazy World of Arthur Brown
For some reason, Spencer Dryden was not present for the last few dates, and Canadian drummer Jeff Cutler filled in at Fillmore East. Cutler was in a Toronto band called Jon Lee and The Checkmates, then based in Philadelphia, who would morph into a group called Rhinoceros. Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell also sat in for one of the encores.
May 5, 1968 Central Park, New York, NY (afternoon free concert)
Jefferson Airplane/Grateful Dead/Butterfield Blues Band
I assume Jeff Cutler, or someone, sat in on drums.
May 8, 1968 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco
Jefferson Airplane/Charlatans/Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks/It’s A Beautiful Day “Fire Dance” Alton Kelly Benefit
The Grateful Dead were scheduled, but did not play (they were elsewhere). Possibly the Steve Miller Band took their place.
May 17, 1968 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
May 18, 1968 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Santa Clara
Jefferson Airplane/Big Brother and The Holding Company/Grateful Dead/Steve Miller Band/Youngbloods/People/Sons of Champlin/Crome Syrcus/Transatlantic Railroad/Indian Head Band/Mourning Reign
Northern California Folk-Rock Festival
The first day of a two-day festival.
May 18, 1968 Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles
Grateful Dead/Steve Miller Band/Taj Mahal
The Jefferson Airplane appeared as unannounced guests.
May 25, 1968 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino
Jefferson Airplane/Iron Butterfly/Boston Tea Party
June 7-8-9, 1968 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco
Jefferson Airplane/Grateful Dead/Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac were billed, but almost certainly did not appear, as their first American tour was delayed.
On Sunday, June 9, the Dead and The Airplane attempted to play Speedway Meadows, in honor of Bobby Kennedy, but they were blocked by the police who insisted that the Cub Scouts permit superseded their interests.
June 12, 1968 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco
Jefferson Airplane/Steve Miller Band/Charlatans/Dan Hicks [added]
July 5, 1968 [venue], Tucson, Arizona canceled
July 6, 1968 Lagoon Terrace, Salt Lake City, UT canceled
The Lagoon Terrace show was made up on August 14.
July 12, 1968 [venue], Montreal, QE
Jefferson Airplane [added]
July 13, 1968 [venue], Asbury Park, NJ
Jefferson Airplane [added]
The most likely venue would be Asbury Park Convention Center.
July 19-20, 1968 Fillmore East, New York, NY
Jefferson Airplane/H.P. Lovecraft
July 21, 1968 [venue], McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Jefferson Airplane/Kensington Market/Bittergarden
July 23, 1968 Keil Convention Hall, St. Louis, MO
July 24, 1968 [venue], Chicago, IL
Jefferson Airplane [added]
August 2, 1968 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA
Jefferson Airplane/Thermal Vibration/Just Another Rock Group
The promotional photo above is for this show, from the July 28, 1968 edition of the Fresno Bee.
August 4, 1968 Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA Newport Pop Festival
Jefferson Airplane/Country Joe and The Fish/Grateful Dead/Elecric Flag/Canned Heat/Iron Butterfly/Steppenwolf/Things To Come/Illinois Speed Press (Sonny & Cher canceled).
This was a two-day festival (August 3-4). Big Brother and The Holding Company also played one of the days, though they were unbilled.
August 10, 1968 Community Concourse, San Diego
August 14, 1968 The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, UT (7:00 and 9:30 shows)
This was probably to make up for a canceled July 6 show.
August ?, 1968 Grant Park, Chicago, IL
August ?, 1968 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY
August 28, 1968 Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen, Denmark
August 29, 1968 Revolution Club, London, England
Possibly a private party.
August 30, 1968 [venue], Brussels, Belgium
August 31, 1968 Hayles Field, Ford Farm, near Godshill, Isle of Wight, UK
Jefferson Airplane/Crazy World of Arthur Brown/The Move/Pretty Things/Tyrannosaurus Rex/Fairport Convention
Sepember 4, 1968 Parliament Hill, Hempstead Heath, London, England (free concert)
Jefferson Airplane/Fairport Convention
September 6, 1968 The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England (two shows)
Jefferson Airplane/The Doors/Terry Reid/Blossom Toes
The Doors and The Airplane alternated headlining each night.
September 7, 1968 The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England
The Doors/Jefferson Airplane/Crazy World of Arthur Brown/Blonde on Blonde
September 6-7, 1968 Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London, England
I’m not sure about the conflicts with The Roundhouse on the 6th and 7th. The Airplane may have played late shows at Middle Earth.
September 10, 1968 Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Doors/Jefferson Airplane
September 12, 1968 [venue], Dusseldorf, Germany
September 14, 1968 Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Jefferson Airplane/The Doors/Canned Heat
|Photo: Harrie Verstappen|
The Doors/Jefferson Airplane/Terry Reid
Possibly there are two shows, or possibly the Airplane play an early set for Dutch radio. Some of the Airplane’s performance is broadcast on VPRO-fm. Jim Morrison succumbs to Amsterdam’s ‘charms’ and does not appear with the Doors, so Ray Manzarek handles the vocal chores this night (the photo above is from the Concertgebouw on this night).
September 20, 1968 Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
The Doors/Jefferson Airplane/Terry Reid/Savoy Brown
>September 1968. RCA releases the Jefferson Airplane's fourth album, Crown Of Creation.
September 29, 1968 Central Park, New York, NY
October 3, 1968 [venue], New York, NY Whitney Museum Benefit
October 6, 1968 [venue], Clarkson College, Potsdam, NY
For the next installment, see here.