Steppenwolf reformed in with its core lineup of Kay, Edmonton, and McJohn, along with longtime bassist Biondo and newcomer Bobby Cochran , Eddie Cochran 's nephew, on lead guitar. Their first reunion album was Slow Flux , which included their last top 40 hit, "Straight Shootin' Woman".
After the album peaked at number , Kay attempted to dissolve the band again, but the label, now having been absorbed by Epic Records , insisted Steppenwolf record one more album to satisfy their contractual obligations. The ensuing album, Skullduggery , featuring Wayne Cook on keyboards, was released without a tour to support it, and by the early fall of , Steppenwolf disbanded a second time. Kay appeared in a segment of the popular music TV show The Midnight Special to announce the end of Steppenwolf and also played a solo version of the song "Hey I'm Alright".
Nicholas formed a "revival act" called "New Steppenwolf". McJohn did not last long, but St. Nicholas continued with the venture for several years. Various incarnations included, according to author Dave Thompson , a "revolving door of musicians" consisting of "jobbing players". Nicholas agreed in to cease use of the name, but legal disputes about promotional use of the Steppenwolf name continued until Kay had a few meetings with David Pesnell about management, concert promotions, and producing a new album for the band.
Pesnell wanted to produce an album featuring new songs on side A, by the reformed band Three Dog Night and with side B of the album featuring songs by Steppenwolf. The album's working name was "Back to Back", a play on each band having a side of the album and the fact the bands were back together again. Pesnell's concept was simple: This would give the Pesnell-produced album a double release of singles to support a concert tour featuring the two bands. Though both bands liked the concept of the album and tour, the arguments included who would be side A and side B and which of the two would headline the upcoming concert tour.
The Palmer brothers had played in a group called Tall Water and had also been involved with Kay in his solo career playing live gigs in the late s. Tuggle was then displaced by Michael Wilk and a new studio album, Wolftracks , was released in on the small Attic Nautilus in the U. Wolftracks was one of the earliest digitally recorded albums in the industry.
It was recorded live on a two-track Sony digital recording system. Bassist Welton Gite , who appeared on this album, left shortly after its completion and was replaced by Gary Link. Another album, Paradox , followed in In December , the band as it was disbanded and Kay and Wilk decided to continue on in early with a pared-down quartet composed of Kay, Wilk, Wilk's friend Ron Hurst drums, backing vocals , and Rocket Ritchotte guitars, backing vocals.
Wilk also handled bass duties from his sequencing computer keyboards from then on. Ritchotte had departed temporarily in to be replaced by Les Dudek and then Steve Fister, but then returned in for three more years. Fister ex- Iron Butterfly came back in late , but turned guitar duties over to Danny Johnson formerly of Derringer , Rod Stewart , and others in As the band was named after the novel Der Steppenwolf by German author Hermann Hesse , who was born in the Black Forest town of Calw , the city invited them to come over and play in the International Hermann-Hesse-Festival ,  along with other bands inspired by Hesse, such as Anyone's Daughter.
The concert drew considerable media coverage, with Kay's fluent German stunning those who did not know beforehand about his growing up in Germany — in fact, he was born Joachim Fritz Krauledat in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast , Russia. The band performed what they then labeled their "Farewell Concert" on October 6, at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland , featuring Kay, keyboardist and programmer Michael Wilk, drummer Ron Hurst, and guitarist Danny Johnson; however, they started making live appearances again in in North America, and continue through all of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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