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  • Mar 08 2018 STEPPENWOLF AT 50




    Iconic rock band STEPPENWOLF and frontman JOHN KAY will release the definitive career retrospective Steppenwolf At 50, a 3-CD collection featuring 41-tracks, to celebrate the band’s half-century of music.

    Set for release Friday, March 16th via Los Angeles-based Rainman Records, the collection includes five rare or never-heard-before tracks. premiered the recently-unearthed song “Compared To What,” proclaiming, “The song features the classic Steppenwolf sound—authoritative, scooped-but-solid guitars, growling vocals and—in this case—a satisfying jam section that's punctuated by tight drumming and pulsating bass.”

    Steppenwolf At 50 covers the band’s storied career, from their 1968 debut through 13 studio albums--billed both as Steppenwolf and John Kay & Steppenwolf--as well as their Top 10 hits “Born To Be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Rock Me.” The group’s 16 Greatest Hits album is certified platinum and they have earned nine Gold records. The band’s music struck a true counter-culture note in the 1960s, and two songs—“The Pusher” and “Born To Be Wild”—were featured prominently in the 1969 Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda film “Easy Rider.” The Steppenwolf At 50 album was personally overseen by KAY and longtime manager Ron Rainey.

    In his liner notes, Kay thanks band members, both past and present, as well as their loyal “Wolfpack” fan base. “That was 50 years ago as of this writing and much transpired during that time of course,” says KAY. “In between seemingly endless tours at home and abroad, we somehow managed to write, rehearse and record numerous subsequent albums, but the hectic pace sometimes took its toll; not only on the band but also on our home lives and families…it is particularly dedicated to those who never stopped being there when we needed their support the most. Every band member past and present, who is heard on these recordings, played an important role as musician,... read more



    By: Charlie Wolf

    The 50th anniversary of Steppenwolf is about to come to an end.  We performed close to double the usual amount of shows this year which culminated with a weekend fanclub celebration in Nashville.  The highlight was the bands stellar performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  Fans have asked via facebook for each band members comments/reflections of the monumental occasion that isn’t accomplished by many in this industry. 50 years of touring/performing.  Here are their comments:

    JOHN KAY: Yes, it’s been 50 years since 5 young guys formed a band in a garage in West Hollywood, California, a band that came to be known as Steppenwolf.  Rock ‘n roll can kill you while still young or keep you young as the years go by and in our case it’s been the latter for the most part.  Through the band’s many ups and downs, it has always been the loyalty of our fans that kept us moving onward, particularly during the not so easy rebuilding times of the early 1980s.  So as I look over my shoulder into the past, the one thing that sticks out amoung the memories is the affection for the band that so many of you have shown time and time again over the years.  No matter how well you write, sing & play, you won’t last very long without the support of your faithful fans and so with that in mind, I’d like to thank everyone of you for all the years of dedication to Steppenwolf.  Stay wild:  JK

    RON HURST:  As 2017 is winding down and I find myself reflecting on this past year, I cannot help but focus on the fact that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of John Kay and Steppenwolf. I think about what an honor it is to have played a roll (pun intended of course) in this band, as well as the events that took place in August to celebrate this occasion. To be able to hook up with good friends /fans of the group that I have met along this musical journey only added to the festivities. The night of the concert was absolutely magical. It seemed all the planets lined up just... read more

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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.