For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: KNUS Presents Steppenwolf at Fair Park Music Hall
Until then we flashback to February 2, 1968, the night Steppenwolf played the Music Hall (scroll down for yesterday's reposted links) -- just a month after the release of the band's eponymous debut that spawned a bulk of the set list. Strange to hear "Born to Be Wild" as something other than a classic-rock warhorse; it was still months away from being turned into a single, and further still from its inclusion on the Easy Rider sound track.
Forty-three years later the recording's been remarkably preserved: The only thing you can barely make out is the introduction from KNUS jock "Augustus," who sounds suitable zonked whilst making his brief remarks: "This is let your mind flow, leave your body behind ... Steppenwolf." Far out. Before a solid "Hoochie Coochie Man," John Kay says his how-do's: "This is our first time in Dallas. ... Somebody told us, 'Well, I don't know about Dallas, but in Houston you'll run into a very audience.' So a lot of people have said things about Texas that weren't too kind, and I think there are a lot of young people who are gonna help rectify that rumor." Applause, applause. "We're all growing in numbers." Dig it.