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 right for this event. Everything was perfect, from the performance, to the production, and the venue itself (Ryman Auditorium). All that, along with knowing that we were performing for family, friends, and fans, brought the energy level to a height worthy of the event itself. That said, I am happiest for those that came to see us from all points, who gave us their time and spent their hard-earned money to do so. It was most important to me that they returned home with lasting memories of time well spent…hopefully this was achieved. Yet again, I feel privileged to have been part of this event and to be part of a band that has not only endured for half a century, but has actually carved its way into rock ‘n’ roll history. I absolutely believe the music will endure for generations to come. For me personally, I feel this has truly been a ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ and still is!   Keep your motor runnin’,

GARY LINK:  Good morning friends. It's hard to believe that the "greatest" weekend of my musical career was over 3 months ago. It was great meeting those of you that attended the Wolfest, and I wish I had the opportunity to meet all of you that weren't able to attend. It's also hard to believe that 50 years ago I was in the front row at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena with my older brother for Steppenwolf, Canned Heat and The Doors. About 14 years after that, via a friend of Steve Palmer, I got a call from John on my answering machine. I called my brother and said "Check this out" and played the message for him. After I auditioned, I asked John what songs they did other than the ones I had to play for the audition. I told him I knew most of the songs because my older brother had the Wolf albums. The rest is history. I have plenty of stories if you want to hear some. It's been a great ride. Thanks to all of you for your friendship and support for all these years. I love this band and crew, even Charlie! I don't know how much longer we'll be out there, but I'd love to see each and every one of you some time down the road. Til then, STAY WILD my friends and KEEP ROCKIN'!!!!!'

DANNY JOHNSON:  Hello everybody it was good to see all of you. I just want to say that out of all the groups and stars I've worked for we had fans but there was a barrier between us so I didn't know them. I don't like the word fan it's demeaning, I prefer “frans” friends that dig the music. Thanks for your support!  I'm kind of sentimental and although I had a great time on the tour and Wolf fest I also feel like the end could come soon and that to me is like a death in the family.  I love all of you and also the ones that didn't make Wolf Fest.  Bless You!

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