Hot Tuna - San Francisco 1988

This is Hot Tuna live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA, on the 4th March 1988. Hot Tuna are an American blues-rock band formed originally by bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen as a spin-off of Jefferson Airplane. They are renowned for playing acoustic and electric versions of original and traditional blues songs.

There is a strong likelihood that this concert that bought Paul Kantner and Grace Slick back on the stage together helped the Jefferson Airplane reunion tour and record in 1989 to come about.

Regarding this period in both bands history wikipedia states - Hot Tuna was reformed again as an acoustic band in 1986 performing classic material, with Joey Balin joining on rhythm guitar until 1987. Kantner joined the band in 1987 and 1988 adding some old Airplane songs to the set list. Grace Slick showed up on stage as well for one show at The Fillmore in March, 1988. The band continued into 1989 and Jorma and Jack joined the 1989 Jefferson Airplane reunion album and tour, performing acoustic Hot Tuna sets in the middle of each show.

This is the second set that evening from the band and the acoustic musicianship is superb (as commented on by Grace Slick). The late (and incredible) Papa John Creach is also a joy to listen to on violin during the latter parts of the gig. This Concert also lives on Wolfgangs Vault (HERE) however this copy comes from the much earlier circulated boot of the concert.

Source: Soundboard. 

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps. 

Genre: Rock, blues. 

Set: Full (Late Show).

Set List:

1. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
2. Candy Man
3. I See The Light
4. Martha
5. Embryonic Journey
6. Ice Age
7. Carlos Fonseca
8. San Francisco Bay Blues
9. Genesis
10. Parchman Farm
11. Good Shepherd
12. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
13. John’s Other
14. Vampire Women
15. Have You Seen The Stars Tonight
16. Mann’s Fate
17. Put It In My Hands
18. I’m Movin’
19. Killing Time In The Crystal City
20. Water Song
21. (Crowd noise - talk)
22. America
23. Volunteers  

Line Up:

Jorma Kaukonen - guitar, vocals
Jack Casady - bass
Paul Kantner - guitar, vocals
Papa John Creach - violin
Will Scarlett - harmonica
Grace Slick - vocals

Web: Official HERE.

Download links (two) in comments below.


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draftervoi said…
The early show (not this one...) was broadcast by KFOG-FM. I still have a copy on cassette.
Anonymous said…
outstanding! thanks