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Live at Farm Aid 1986 – Steppenwolf – Born to Be Wild

This week’s video of the week has the 80s written all over it:  the hair, the clothes… and did we mention the hair? With the same bravado since the Canadian band formed, Steppenwolf delivers at their Live at Farm Aid performance in 1986, organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp to aid U.S. family farmers.

When it was released as a single, “Born to Be Wild’ reached #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and recently it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 for the new singles category. The song includes the first use of the term “heavy metal thunder” in a rock song, and some have even described it as the first heavy metal song.

Lead singer and slide guitar guru John Kay, who turns 74 this week, has said, “Every generation thinks they’re born to be wild and they can identify with that song as their anthem.” To this day, much of the band still performs together and still bring out their wild side on stage, showing they have indeed transcended generations. Enjoy a glimpse of one of their best live performances!


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