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From our sponsors at Mt. Tabor Theater:
Iron Butterfly w/ Magic Carpet Ride feat. Goldy McJohn & Glen Bui of Steppenwolf
Sunday, May 13, 2012
7 p.m. | $18 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Ticket Biscuit
Mt. Tabor Theater
4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97215
More Info: thetabor.com
The Los Angeles music climate of the late sixties and seventies was characterized by the heavy sounds and sentiments that reflected the revolutionary attitudes of the generation. Bursting onto that scene was a new group whose sound not only epitomized the hard attitudes of the youth with its heavy drumming and bass lines, but also embraced more delicate aspirations through its intricate guitar and keyboard overlays.
In July of 1968, Iron Butterfly released the monumental LP, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, featuring the 17:05 minute side-long track that shook the entire music industry with its phenomenal reception. ‘Vida outsold every record in the history of recorded music within the first year of its release (over eight million copies sold) and therefore outgrew and outsold the standard of the music industry’s “Gold Album” award. For this achievement, Iron Butterfly was subsequently awarded: The Industry’s Very First “Platinum Album”!
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 2007, Goldy McJohn, the original keyboard player in Steppenwolf who played on many of the albums recorded by Steppenwolf, asked Glen Bui if he would be willing to play guitar and play Steppenwolf’s music. In the beginning, the band was called “Goldy McJohn and Friendz.” The band, during 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), and many talented local musicians. The band’s primary focus was performing at benefit concerts, drawing large crowds and raising money for disabled children, cancer and other great causes.
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 to allow it to perform under the trademark-owned corporation Steppenwolf Productions. Glen Bui came up with the name “Magic Carpet Ride.”
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, The Magic Carpet Ride is the only other band out there keeping the legend of Steppenwolf alive!