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Famous Rockers Chat About Thanksgiving and Share Holiday Plans

Image courtesy of iStock/Thinkstock (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of iStock/Thinkstock (via ABC News Radio)

Thanksgiving often is a day for relaxing at home with family, as we stuff ourselves with turkey, pie and other goodies.  Many music artists, however, find themselves on tour during the holiday, although that doesn't necessarily mean they miss out on the festivities.

Take Hot Tuna , the veteran blues-rock group led by founding Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady .  Thanksgiving is an off-day for the band, sandwiched between shows in Norfolk, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York, and Kaukonen and Casady tell ABC News Radio that they're still hoping to make the best of the holiday.

"I'm gonna enjoy eating the bird in Syracuse," declares Jorma, while Casady explains, "We will get there in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning, crash for a couple of hours and then Vanessa , our manager and Jorma's wife…will have arranged, we hope, a wonderful feast in some hotel somewhere."

Of course, many rockers will indeed be spending Thanksgiving with their loved ones.

Famed Mountain frontman Leslie West tells ABC News Radio that he and his wife will be welcoming her children from a previous marriage to their home.

"My wife's three kids are gonna come up for the holidays," he explains. "It makes her very happy to have her children [visit]…They're good kids and they'll keep her busy while I do what the hell I want in the house."

Yes drummer Alan White , meanwhile, reports that he'll be visiting his in-laws who live nearby in his adopted hometown of Seattle.

"Both of my children have left home now," he points out.  "They have their own families now, so Thanksgiving, I think we're gonna spend it with my wife's sister and her children."

Thanksgiving already has come and gone for Loverboy singer Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean , who are from Canada, which celebrates the holiday in October.

Dean tells ABC News Radio that Canadians mark Thanksgiving "the same way" as people from the U.S. do.

"Sometimes you sit around and you might say a little prayer before your dinner or say thanks to each other for being cool," he notes.

"And cranberry sauce," Reno declares, to which Dean adds, "And turkey and everything that you have in the States."

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