To The Wolfpack and all our supporters,
As many of you know, Steppenwolf was nominated for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. However, the final votes are now in and The Wolf did not make it. Well, so it goes, nothing to complain about. ( As we know, there are millions around the world, and here at home, who do have many legitimate and often tragic reasons to complain and I am just grateful that I'm not one of them.) I am told that The Wolf received around 110,000 votes from our fans. Many - and you may be one of them - went to the RRHF website and voted every day on our behalf. Well Steppenwolf and I owe you a great big THANK YOU for your loyalty, support and dedication to our band, may the new year be good to all of you. I'd also like to express my appreciation to whoever at the RRHF was responsible for our nomination in the first place. The Summer of 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of Steppenwolf. During the Summer of 1967 five young Blues Rockers got their act together in the Garage at 7408 Fountain Ave in LA, a rather humble beginning. But from there The Wolf moved on and soon scaled the highs of the Rock n Roll pinnacle. During the following decades there were triumphs and failures, many highs and some lows, but our friends and fans stayed with us through up and downs and continue to support us to this day. While a RRHF induction would be nice, first and foremost in importance is The Wolfpack. Without the Pack Steppenwolf would have faded away years ago.
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Story & Photos by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief CentralMoNews.net
The Missouri State Fair was home to magic Saturday night as classic rock legends descended on the Pepsi Grandstand in force for a show that truly personified the purpose of the Fair.
Molly Hatchet, Foghat, and John Kay & Steppenwolf took up residence for a show that played host to the biggest crowd of the Fair thus far. Families showed up to the show three generations deep for the show, whose musicians have produced such timeless classics they are still referenced in pop culture today.
Prior to the show, CMN chatted with Ron Hurst who drums for John Kay & Steppenwolf about playing the Fair circuit. Hurst said the group is only playing around 15 shows a year these days – as the band approaches its 50th anniversary. Hurst enjoys the atmosphere of state fairs, and sees the new and old faces as testament to what the band’s music means to people.
“It’s pretty awesome because it’s a family affair,” Hurst said. “When you do it like we are and transcend two or three generations, that really personifies a family affair. Based on that, we have the parents, kids and even the grandkids. On my end, you get a sense of gratitude. These days, where so many bands really, really come and go, you have a sense of gratitude as far as your longevity. It’s a very good feeling to know that you’ve got music you’ve done so many years ago and people still come to see that. It shifts from entitlement to gratitude.”
That sentiment was echoed as John Kay & Steppenwolf closed the stage Saturday night.
“I want to point out we’re five young souls in vintage bodies. I’m sure that applies to some of you out there. This next song is dedicated to young and old, because it’s what’s in here that counts in rock n’ roll,” Kay said as he pointed to his heart at the beginning of the band’s set.
His remarks rang true throughout the concert, as John Kay & Steppenwolf brought a lot of heart and energy to the Pepsi Grandstand despite nearing the band’s 50th anniversary. His remarks also rang true for most of the entire... read more