|Issue 8 - November 1972
|Steppenwolf At The MayFair
you remember Steppenwolf? 'Born to be Wild', 'The Pusher' and 'Magic Carpet
Ride'. They were the band who were reactionary before it became much of
a sales point. Peter Fonda used them for a couple of his films, at the
time they were far out. But that was 5 years ago.
In the surreal, beery Mayfair the other night, they churned out a set which could have been played at any point in their career. They didn't even have a leather jacket between them. I'm not saying they weren't good. The musicianship was great, but they just weren't enjoying it much. There seemed to be much tension inside the group. This is easily explained by the fact that this was their last tour.
Their set started with 'Ride with Me', which was pretty nondescript, followed by 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'. They had poor audience reaction, and carried on with little change until they did 'The Pusher'. This really livened things up, and was quickly followed by 'Born to be Wild' as their last number. As always, the Mayfair's audience refused to let them leave before they had done two encores, 'Magic Carpet Ride' and 'Chuck Berry Lives Again'.
This set was preceded by John Kay's (Steppenwolf's singer) new band. I'm afraid I couldn't differentiate much between them and the old band. Sorry John, but I think most of the audience would agree with me.