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    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

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

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

    Photo by by Rachel M. Lusby

    Photo by by Rachel M. Lusby

    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... 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.