Steppenwolf’s John Kay on the band’s Toronto origins, hall of fame bid

    TORONTO – Before he got his motor running as the husky voiced singer of Steppenwolf, John Kay found musical inspiration as a teen in Toronto, where he crossed paths with Neil Young and regularly watched Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks at the Concord Tavern.

    “That’s where we saw what a really great band sounds like, with Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson and all the other members of what later became the Band,” Kay said in a phone interview this week, after learning that Steppenwolf is in the running for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next year.

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