Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner and Slick Aguilar (Photo: Mike Thut)Jefferson Starship will be reunited with one of its longtime members this weekend, as guitarist Mark "Slick" Aguilar will perform with the band for the first time since 2012, when he was forced to leave the group because of a serious liver ailment. Aguilar will hit the stage with the veteran rockers at their shows Saturday outside Syracuse, New York, and Sunday in New York City.
Aguilar, who joined the Jefferson Starship in 1992, exited the band after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and discovered he was in need of a liver transplant. He underwent the procedure during the summer of 2013 and has been fighting to regain his health since then.
Slick tells ABC News Radio that he initially experienced a hepatitis relapse after the operation, but recently has made a remarkable recovery thanks to a new drug called Sovaldi.
Aguilar reports that he's not planning to return full-time to the Jefferson Starship, but says his band mates showed him their tour schedule and told him he was welcome to join them at as many shows as he wanted. The 60-year-old musician says he doesn't feel like he has the energy to be on the road as much as his old group is.
Meanwhile, Slick says the band's New York City show on Sunday may include a special surprise musical interlude.
Here are all of Jefferson Starship's upcoming U.S. shows, according to Pollstar:
8/1 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
8/2 -- Auburn, NY, Deauville Island Music Festival - Emerson Park
8/3 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
8/10 -- Three Forks, MT, Rockin' the Rivers Festival Grounds
8/16 -- Cobb, CA, Heroes of Woodstock - Hoberg's Club Resort
8/31 -- Sparks, NV, JA Nugget Casino Resort
11/6 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center
11/7 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/8 -- Scranton, PA, Lackawanna College
11/22 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
1/15/15 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
1/17 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre,
2/13 -- Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
2/21 -- Miami, FL, Magic City Casino
2/28 -- Modesto, CA, Mary Stuart Rogers Theatre
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