Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioIt's been nearly a quarter century since Starship, the Jefferson Starship spinoff group fronted by Mickey Thomas, released a new full-length studio album, but that's about to change in a couple of months. Thomas reports that he's putting the final touches on the record, titled Loveless Fascination, which is scheduled to hit stores on September 17.
"The recording and mixing and the sequencing and mastering is all done," the singer tells ABC News Radio. "Right now I'm just finishing up the artwork and the credits for all the cover art."
Thomas says he'd tried getting a new Starship album together "at least a half a dozen *****" over the last 15 or 20 years but kept putting the project aside for various reasons. He admits that he even recorded an earlier version of Loveless Fascination, but shelved it after a falling out with an earlier producer. He credits longtime Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, who wrote the bulk of the songs on the new album and ended up producing it, with being the catalyst that finally helped him complete the project.
"Once I hooked up with Jeff, then everything clicked in, everything came into place," notes Mickey.
Thomas says the material on the album "captures the Starship sound that has evolved over the last 25 or 30 years, but it also has a real fresh quality to it…It sounds very current." He adds, "I think it has more depth than any album that I've ever done in my career."
The singer also says that while his band's biggest hits -- "We Built This City," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and "Sara" -- were in more of a pop-rock vein, some of the new tunes display the group's more rocking side.
"Some***** people forget about the fact that Starship could really rock at *****," he notes, "and that I really like to sing rock songs."
Speaking about singing rock songs, Thomas will making a series of guest appearances over the next several days in the Las Vegas production Raiding the Rock Vault, at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The multimedia show features a house band that includes Asia singer John Payne, ex-Heart guitarist Howard Leese and L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns, and plays a set of memorable rock classics.
"It's just really a history of classic rock…It's a love letter to classic rock in [the] '60s, '70s,'80s," explains Mickey. "And then they periodically feature a guest artist who comes in for a few days and [sings] some of his stuff."
Thomas reveals that ***** be performing the Jefferson Starship hit "Jane" along with "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." His Raiding the Rock Vault stint runs from Friday, July 5, through Tuesday, July 9.
Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas, meanwhile, has a number of summer concerts on their itinerary, running from a July 12 gig in Hamden, Connecticut, through an August 17 show in Rexburg, Idaho. Thomas tells ABC News that he's also hoping to line up a series of special album-release performances in select cities around the time of Loveless Fascination's arrival.
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