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  • Oct 24 2018 “It’s been a hell of a ride”

    To all our friends and supporters:

    As many of you may have heard by now, Steppenwolf played its last show on October 14, 2018. It was in 1968, fifty years ago, that our first album was released and I felt it was now time for the Wolf to retire. Through the ups and downs of our long ride we had the loyal support of the Wolfpack, those who came to hear us play again and again and who never deserted us. We owe them our gratitude and we salute them all. We also want to acknowledge our families and friends as well as the recording engineers, producers, agents, managers and various advisors, who played a role in our longevity and who were our support team that helped us navigate our long journey. Finally, I must pay tribute to our band and crew. I don’t believe there’s another band of our vintage that’s been fortunate enough to have the same dedicated and talented band and crew members for as long as we have. Every member of our team has been with the Wolf for at least 25 years and some as long as 36. That speaks for itself I think. So after playing – more than once - all 50 states, 9 Canadian Provinces and 21 other countries these past fifty years, we say “Thank you all, it’s been a hell of a ride”

    - JK

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  • May 08 2018 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Inducting Songs Now—"Born To Be Wild" First In

    Born to Be Wild

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Inducting Songs Now—Here are the First Six

    In a new category, the Hall honored six singles that shaped the course of music.

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2018 Saturday night in Cleveland, rolling out the red carpet for The Cars, The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (though as usual, not for these three criminally neglected bands). It was all fairly standard procedure—long speeches, a reunion or two, a no-show or two, and a lot of hair dye. This year was a little different, though, as the Hall also officially recognized singles for the first time, creating a new (and seemingly limitless) category for songs that shaped the course of rock music, from a couple of the earliest to some psych-rock staples of the ‘60s. The first class of singles—all by artists who aren’t in the Hall of Fame—was introduced by Stevie Van Zandt, who called it “kind of a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox; records by artists not in the Rock Hall, which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment.”

    The inaugural class comprised six singles: “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (who were actually Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm band); “Rumble,” by Link Wray; “The Twist,” by Chubby Checker; “Louie Louie,” by The Kingsmen; “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” by Procol Harum, and “Born to Be Wild,” by Steppenwolf.

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/04/the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-is-inducting-songs-nowh.html

     

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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.