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  • Aug 09 2017 RIP Goldy McJohn, Founding Member of Steppenwolf

    Goldy McJohn, the original keyboardist of Steppenwolf, died of heart failure on Aug. 1.

     

    The passing of Goldy McJohn: 

    As many of you know by now Goldy died suddenly of a heart attack. on August the first. While he had not been a member of Steppenwolf for many years and our relationship since his departure was at times somewhat testy, none of that changes the fact that he was a founding member of the band and his organ playing was and is an important part of the original Steppenwolf sound. Every time our recordings, featuring his performances, are played on the Radio, or by streaming services, or heard on CDs, or as part of a Movie Sound Track, his unique style of playing the organ and creativity will continue to be enjoyed and appreciated by an untold number fans and listeners. We don’t know how long our Music will continue to be played of course, but however long that may be, Goldy’s talent will remain part of that to the very end. We send our condolences to his wife Sonja who was his strength and trusty partner for many, many years. RIP Goldy: JK 

    McJohn’s Facebook page issued the following statement:

    “Our hearts weep as we announce the passing of Goldy McJohn, Goldy suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack the morning of August 1st, 2017. The family thanks all of those who have protected their privacy leading up to this announcement while they dealt with this unexpected loss.”

    Born John Raymond Goadsby on May 2, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario, McJohn first performed with Little John and the Friars in 1964. That same year he joined the Mynah Birds, a band that would, at various times, include Rick James, Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield’s Bruce Palmer.

    In 1965, he joined the local group the Sparrow, now calling himself Goldy McJohn at the suggestion of singer John Kay. In 1967 that band moved to the West Coast and then split up. Kay, McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton formed Steppenwolf, the name taken from the Herman Hesse book.

    McJohn was present with his trademark swirling organ on all of Steppenwolf’s major singles and albums, including not only the #2 “Born to Be Wild” but “Magic Carpet Ride”... read more

  • Jul 24 2017 Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Tickets are still available for the John Kay & Steppenwolf concert at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

    Click here for Tickets!

     

    John Kay & Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary Logo

     

    This event is our 50th anniversary celebration with our most loyal fans "members of the Wolfpack Fanclub". Open to the public!

    Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm Location:

    The Ryman Auditorium

    Address: 116 Fifth Ave, N Nashville, TN

     

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Tour Dates

Aug. 18. 2017

Aug. 24. 2017

Aug. 27. 2017

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Dec. 01. 2017

Feb. 15. 2018

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Feb. 17. 2018

Feb. 18. 2018

Feb. 19. 2018


 


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.