Jefferson Starship’s LONGEST “White Rabbit” Performance Will Take Your Breath Away…
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Far Down The Rabbit Hole
People always complain that Jefferson Starship’s hit “White Rabbit” was always too short and we agree, so we did some digging around and found the longest set they ever did, at Winterland in 1975. The thing we love most about this performance in particular is that Grace gives her band the credit they always deserved with insanely brilliant solos and stellar guitar work as she just stands there and soaks it all up.
“And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall, tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call…”
Inspired by the infamous novel Alice in Wonderland, Grace seems to embody the spirit of the hungry and adventurous character of Alice and no discredit to Grace, but her pupils are as large as the size of the rabbit she sings about in the movie. Swaying her body from side-to-side as the guys do their thing, she unleashes total control and gives them the stage.
Interesting Fact: On an original recording of “White Rabbit” by The Great Society, the song is barely recognizable due to Grace’s higher voice before several throat operations to remove nodes that lowered her vocal range.
Although we have watched Grace perform this song many times, so many the band actually got sick of it and stopped playing it for a few years, this is by far the most elevated performance we have seen. It is hard to compare the wonder between all of the live versions of this song, but we really think this is our favorite. What do you think?