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  • May 02 2016 Own to Be Wild!
    The music of Steppenwolf has been an iconic part of motorcycle culture.   Ron Hurst has been the band’s drummer for over 30 years and has lived the musicians’ lifestyle of long road tours playing at venues all over the world with many of them centered around the motorcycling community.  Ron’s passion for riding rivals his passion for music.  He knows how both can inspire and liberate.
     
    Ron created a motorcycle with a retro feel from a 1996 Road King Police Edition.  It’s not flashy or outrageous. It’s a true riders motorcycle with personal touches influenced from his other passion, the music of Steppenwolf.
     
    For over seventeen years, Ron has seen much of the country on his motorcycle with untold stories of beautiful journeys and rides with people from rock’s innermost circle.  Ron has been on several celebrity rides with Jay Leno and peers.  He’s ridden the Trail of Tears and taken his motorcycle to numerous other biker events.  He’s even had his bike parked on stage during Steppenwolf concerts. 
     
    One of Ron’s favorite riding buddies is John Giles, the former guitar player for Leon Russell.  John was the creative force behind the stylization of the rear tail light on Ron’s bike.  There’s a host of memorabilia painted on or etched into the motorcycle.  The airbrushed tank artwork... read more
  • Mar 28 2016 Charlie's Corner - Meet the Steppenwolf Crew

    Charlie's Corner - Meet the Steppenwolf Crew 

    “Behind every good man is a good woman”, I know you’ve heard that saying several times in your life.  Well, that same philosophy of behind-the-scenes-support holds true when it comes to an international touring rock band and it certainly holds true for us in “John Kay & Steppenwolf”

    When fans go to a concert, they arrive in time to see the house lights go down, the stage lights go up, the band takes the stage play their hearts out. Most don't realize the amount of work that it takes to get to that point. Let’s meet the guys in our crew who help make the magic happen.

    John Kay & Steppenwolf have a crew of 4 (and each wears multiple hats).  Chris Bray, our Production Manager (also drives the band gear from show to show), operates the stage monitors during the show and directs the spot light operator and is responsible for Michael Wilks’ keyboard rig and video replay system.  Doug Adams is our Front of House Sound Man (mixing all of the instruments & vocals) Doug mixes the sound that the audience hears. He also is the bands stage manager and assists with set up, our backline gear (drums, guitar amps keyboards etc.) sets monitors for the band, and hookup with the monitor board. Sets all mic’s, stands and cables and checks each channel to ensure everything is working as it should.  Jerry Sumner is our Guitar and Drum Tech, responsible for all guitars and Ron’s drum set (just setting up each drum, each cymbal with a microphone for each takes hours by itself).  During the show Jerry hides out behind the amplifiers,... read more

Tour Dates

Jun. 11. 2016

Jun. 17. 2016

Jul. 02. 2016

Jul. 31. 2016

Aug. 03. 2016

Aug. 13. 2016

Aug. 20. 2016

Sep. 04. 2016

Sep. 10. 2016

Sep. 11. 2016


 


Welcome to Steppenwolf

In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for almost five decades.

In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems.