John Kay and Steppenwolf to Play at Roar on the Shore

John Kay and Steppenwolf to Play at Roar on the Shore

John Kay & Steppenwolf to Headline July 18 Roar on the Shore Concert
March 6, 2014
ERIE – Roar on the Shore® organizers announced today that legendary rockers John Kay &
Steppenwolf, the original frontman and band known around the world for their indelible anthem “Born to
Be Wild,” will headline the Friday night Roar on the Shore® Concert on July 18 at The Hub’s Country
Fair Main Stage in downtown Erie.

“All I can say is this is big, big, big!” said Roar® spokeswoman Tammy Polanski. “There is no question
that, in the motorcycle community and beyond, John Kay & Steppenwolf are true rock ‘n’ roll legends.
Their song “Born to Be Wild,” which plays in the opening scene of the baddest biker movie of all time,
Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda (Roar’s first grand marshal) and Dennis Hopper, is every biker’s

Polanski said rally organizers were even more excited to book Steppenwolf after being told by the
band’s agent that they only play a handful of concert dates a year. “We made the best offer we could
and crossed our fingers,” she said. “Today, we can hardly contain our excitement.”

Steppenwolf is best known for its 1960s-era social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an
impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than
three decades after the band's formation. In addition to the iconic heavy metal sound of “Born to Be
Wild,” some of the band’s greatest hits include “Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster.”

At last count, the band's record sales exceeded $25 million worldwide. Its songs remain fixtures on
classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even
greater number of television programs. In fact, Steppenwolf's dramatic and sometimes turbulent history
recently became the subject of an episode of VH-1's documentary series Behind the Music.

“John Kay & Steppenwolf will be an incredible show,” said Polanski. “So get ready for some ‘heavy
metal thunder’ Erie, because everyone’s coming to town for this one.”

Proceeds from this year’s four-day charitable bike rally, July 16, 17, 18 and 19, will benefit St. Patrick
Haven, a shelter for homeless men, many of whom are veterans. The shelter is located at 147 East
12th Street in Erie.
To date, the Manufacturer & Business Association and Roar®
boards have donated more than
$635,000 to charitable organizations, including the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners
Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans
and their families, SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden, the Flight 93 National Memorial
Campaign, the Perry 200 Commemoration, and the Boys & Girls Club.

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