STEPPENWOLF: BORN TO BE WILD
This had to be one of the most unbelievable moments I ever had in my life. Somehow I happened to be in the crowd for a Classic Rock Concert at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. This wasn't that long ago maybe 2002. It was interesting because as a show promoter, I always notice the crowd demographics. This crowd had to be around 3-4 hundred thousand in attendance. Mostly urban in attendance for a mainly all psychedelic classic rock show. That crowd looked like an audience for a jazz concert. This was pretty odd to witness. As I walked around in the crowd I noticed the audience was polite but very bored. That was until... John Kay and Steppenwolf took the stage.
With that first line of Born to Be Wild... Get Your Motor Runnin..... That crowd jumped to their feet and very loudly sang back at John Kay. It was so loud that John stopped singing and pointed his mic at the corwd and just let them take it! Wow what a moment as 400,000 Detroiters went wild. The power of that song was amazing. It was a moment in time that I will never forget.
Born to Be Wild has the phrase "Heavy Metal Thunder" and that where Heavy Metal as a category of rock music began...