Over The Edge featuring Mickey Thoman
Special - CD also includes video for One World and Interview with Mickey Thomas!
When Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979, he faced the daunting task of replacing not one but two star singers, Grace Slick and Marty Balin. But Mickey not only proved himself capable of stamping his own imprint on the band, he also played the most significant role in transforming the band into Starship six years later.
After his 1977 solo debut went nowhere (he also released
another solo album in 1981 entitled “Alive Alone”), Mickey
received a call, in early 1979, from Jefferson Starship, who were interested
in him as lead singer.
Jefferson Starship went on releasing another three studio albums (“Modern Times” in 1981, “Winds of Change” in 1982 and “Nuclear Furniture” in 1984) which showcased a more melodic rock direction compared to the previous history of the band. Mickey in particular started to contribute more to the songwriting and pushed the band to a more commercial direction.
This led to founding member Paul Kantner departure from
the band and after much legal wrangling, Mickey, along with Grace Slick,
Craig Chaquico, Donny Baldwin and bassist Pete Sears, continued as Starship.
Starship's winning streak continued through 1987, with
the hits “Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now” (their third number
one!) and “It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)” and their second
album, “No Protection”. Grace Slick subsequently left the
band in early 1988, because of her own health problems and dissatisfaction
with the band's musical direction.
Mickey has, however, remained active on other fronts. In 1998, he guested on Sammy Hagar's “Marching to Mars” and he sang with ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball on the latter's “All I Ever Wanted”. Outside of music, Mickey has provided the voice of the title character in the cartoon “The Adventures of Kanga Roddy”, which won an Emmy in 1999.
Mickey Thomas long awaited return happens finally with the Over The Edge project. This time Mickey delights the fans with an amazing collection of songs written by Jack Blades (Aerosmith, Cher, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Ozzy etc.), Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain (of Journey), Freddy Curci (of Alias), Steven Cristol (Starship). The album is also featuring a host of great musicians such as Neal Schon himself on guitar on “Surrender”, Steve Lukather (Toto) on “Forest For The Trees”, Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison) on “The Man In Between” and many more.
Production is handled by Fabrizio Grossi and the result
is nothing else than a dream for all melodic rock lovers!