Those who know me are familiar with my passion for music, especially classic rock.
One of my favourite artists is John Kay, along with his band, Steppenwolf,
(of course without HIM, there IS no band).
We share a similarity of background: born in Germany, moved to Canada, but, it goes far beyond that. In my opinion, his talents have largely been underrated and somewhat unappreciated by the general public. Also, many aspects of his remarkable life remain unknown, except to his most ardent fans. For instance, there was the hair-raising escape from East Germany with his mother, after WWII, (his father was killed in the war), the fact that he is legally blind as well as colour blind, the fact that he is still married to the woman he wed in the 1960s. The Steppenwolf official site offers an in-depth biography. Read it HERE.
This interview shows his character and illustrates just how articulate and intelligent he is:
Getting back to the talent aspect, John has always written intelligent songs with substance and they still hold up today. This, in my opinion is his masterpiece and completely relatable in the here and now:
The marijuana debate continues. John wrote this over 40 years ago,
but it could have been yesterday:
How about the futility of life?
Finally, on May 19, 2012, I was able to attend a Steppenwolf concert for the first time.
They have appeared in my area many times over the years, but, for one reason or another, I couldn’t go. John Kay at 68 sounded every bit as good as he did at 28! Fantastic show and I got some great shots!
I was right at the edge of the stage at one point, trying wildly to get his attention, but, he was either talking, (great anecdotes!), singing or out of range. Otherwise the crowd was cheering and I was yelling in German, (in a bid to get his attention), but, got drowned out. Several of us were waving photos at the end, hoping for an autograph, but, he didn’t speak to anyone personally; just waved from afar. That part was a little disappointing, but I have these photos and my memories. If he ever comes back this way, (★★) I’ll be there!
★★ ADDENDUM, June 9, 2015:★★
Saturday, June 6 at Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
IT WAS ANOTHER OUTSTANDING SHOW!!
John’s autobiography; fascinating and honest:
Excellent concert DVD! ♥