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Born To Be Wild at the King County Fair July 13

July 10, 2013 · 9:59 AM

Born To Be Wild / Courtesy photo

Born To Be Wild will be on the main stage at the King County Fair at  7 p.m. July 13 and will be available for autographs after the show.

From the Born To Be Wild website:

Born To Be Wild (Formerly Magic Carpet Ride)

In the late 60′s, the band Steppenwolf became famous for such hits as “Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride“. The band’s original line-up went different ways in the mid 1970′s. John Kay went on to tour as “John Kay and Steppenwolf” and, because of legal issues, nobody has ever toured as “Steppenwolf.” During the band’s existence, it went through several guitarists, bassists and keyboardists. Some of the members went on to other projects and still perform.

In 2005, Goldy McJohn, the original keyboard player in Steppenwolf who played on many of the albums recorded by Steppenwolf and Glen Bui joined together to peform the music of Steppenwolf. In the beginning, the band was called “The Steppenwolf Experience” and “Goldy McJohn and Friendz.” The band, during 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, went through various members, including Steppenwolf guitarist Kent Henry, drummers from Sugarloaf (Lloyd Poole) and Parliament Funkadelic (Sheldon Miller), bassist Paul Vario (Buddy Guy), Jack English, Paul Ventura, David Ayers, Laurie Miller and many talented local musicians. In late 2009, Glen Bui placed a call to John Kay to ask him for help obtaining credibility for Goldy McJohn and Friendz. John, being a generous person wishing only the best for everyone, agreed to issue a license for the band from March 2010 to March 2013 to allow it to perform under the trademark-owned corporation Steppenwolf Productions. Glen Bui came up with the name “Magic Carpet Ride.” The Magic Carpet Ride focused on fund-raising and concerts to help where it was needed and touring performing in Casino’s, Fairs, Arenas, Amphitheaters and Festivals, Corporate Conventions, Private Parties, Benefits and other events. The band’s primary focus is on performing a set of Steppenwolf’s Greatest Hits, giving the audience the very same intensity as the original line-up of Steppenwolf did in its peak of existence in the late 60′s, early 70′s and for those who can’t see John Kay and Steppenwolf perform, Magic Carpet Ride was the only other band out there keeping the legend of Steppenwolf alive.. Now the band is going to operate independently, playing a variey of classic rock songs and originals with an allstar line-up keeping the music of the 70′s alive…..


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