Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary Tour Stops Through

John Kay and Steppenwolf got their start in California in the 60’s from the remnants of a band called Sparrow. Now 50 years later, the band is showing that they can still take us on a Magic Carpet Ride!

Last year when Steppenwolf played here in Sioux Falls, I thought of it as a true bucket list show. I’d never had the opportunity to see them in the past and now they’re tour schedules are about 10-12 shows a year.

They made a return trip to the area last Saturday night (March 25th) at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa. When I was asked to emcee the show, I of course jumped at the chance to see the legendary Kay ride again!

The band certainly did NOT disappoint! Kay spoke to the audience between songs often, talking about how he felt the political climate of today resembles a lot of the feelings they had back in the late 60s when they wrote some of their ‘protest’ type songs. But of course they also delivered fan favorites like Sookie Sookie, Rock Me, a killer cover of the blues standard Hoochie Coochie Man and so many more before closing with Magic Carpet Ride and Born To Be Wild.

I was a little disappointed to not hear my favorite Steppenwolf song, The Pusher, but considering it WAS a casino crowd and considering my friend and I were among the youngest people in the audience, I think they may have been asked to NOT sing the lyrics “God Damn The Pusherman!”

All in all though, it was another fun night with live music. I’m one of those people that don’t want to have to say “I should’ve seen them” because you never know when you won’t get another chance.