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  • Aug 16 2016 John Kay & Steppenwolf Rock Missouri State Fair

    Legends Rock Missouri State Fair Saturday Night

    Story & Photos by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief

    John Kay at the MO State Fair

    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... read more

  • Jul 14 2016 New John Kay Interview in Wall Street Journal

    There is a great new interview with John Kay and Michael Monarch in the Wall Street Journal. Well worth reading, journalist Marc Myers discussed the writing of "Magic Carpet Ride" with it's creators as part of his column, “Anatomy of a Song.” Here is just the beginning; click to the Wall Street Journal for the whole interview.

    The Story Behind Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

    John Kay and Michael Monarch discuss the origins of 1968’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

    By Marc Myers

    Released in September 1968, Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” became one of rock’s first songs to open with an extended passage of guitar distortion. The eerie prologue lasts 20 seconds and includes chugging electronic tones before dissolving into the song’s rhythmic power chords and blues-rock vocal.

    Though the song came out a year after Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady” with its shorter guitar distortion intro, “Magic Carpet Ride’s” thick guitar riff set the tone for hard rock and heavy metal bands that followed in 1969 and ’70. The single reached No. 3 on Billboard’s pop chart.

    Today, John Kay, the band’s lead singer and the song’s co-writer, performs as John Kay and Steppenwolf to fund the Maue Kay Foundation, which supports wildlife protection and conservation. Mr. Kay, 72, and the recording’s lead guitarist Michael Monarch, 66, recently talked about the... read more

Tour Dates

Mar. 03. 2017

Mar. 04. 2017


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.