Long-time Bay Area resident Pete Sears has had an illustrious music career that has run for more than four decades, and continues today. The U.K.-born bass player and keyboardist lives in a beautiful Victorian home in Marin County with Jeannette, his wife of 38 years. Some of the highlights on Pete’s extensive musical resume include recording four albums with Rod Stewart (Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A Dull Moment, and Smiler). He toured with Long John Baldry; Copperhead’s John Cippolina (of Quicksilver Messenger Service fame); Jefferson Starship, for 13 years and nine albums; Hot Tuna, for 10 years; John Lee Hooker; the David Nelson Band; and others. His current band is Moonalice.
In 1976, as a member of Jefferson Starship, Pete commissioned Sonoma County guitar-makers Doug Irwin and Tom Lieber to build him a custom bass guitar that would be called Dragon. (Irwin & Lieber had also built Jerry Garcia’s main guitar, Tiger.) Pete took the beautiful instrument with him to Europe for a Jefferson Starship-headlining tour, but before he had a chance to play it on any stage, it was stolen from him in a very dramatic fashion. Thirty-five years later, Pete received a phone call one day that Dragon had been located. He only recently got it back, just in time for him to play it with Moonalice at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa in May.