Our hearts weep as we announce the passing of Goldy McJohn, Founding Father of Steppenwolf. Goldy suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack the morning of August 1st, 2017. The family thanks all of those who have protected their privacy leading up to this announcement while they dealt with this unexpected loss.
Information regarding services will be announced as it becomes available. However, Goldy’s next performance was to take place at a benefit concert honoring legendary drummer, Alvin Taylor, with good friends Terry Ilous, and Harold Brown among others. It is at the very core of his wife, Sonja’s beliefs that Goldy would have wanted this show to go on. This concert, in full agreement of all participating, will now also stand as a tribute to Goldy and the indelible mark he has left on the world of Rock and Roll and the lives of all those who knew and loved him.
Goldy had been an active and enthusiastic mentor for Stand Up for the Music, working closely with HungryGenius managing partner, Anthony Spadaro.
"Goldy was an amazing soul and an incredible artist, and just plain fun. May his legacy live on forever." - Anthony Spadaro
"I connected with him immediately, may his transition be smooth." - Harold Brown
"Long live rock and roll. Love you Goldy." - Terry Ilous
Tickets went on sale for the Locals and Legends Benefit Concert Sunday, July 30th. Spardaro had just announced the event to social media 20 minutes prior to getting the call from Sonja that Goldy had passed. “I was devastated. We all are still devastated, but I know in my heart, as does Sonja, that this concert must go on. Goldy would want us to do this. As Goldy would say, "It's showtime." Goldy got the ball rolling on a new chapter a year ago, when he posted this to his website: “STAY TUNED. The next chapter of my magic carpet ride has just gotten underway! #SUPPORTLOCALMUSIC #BorntobeWild#UnitedWeRoll."
The train will keep on rolling, eh. Long live rock and roll. We love you, man!
GOLDY MCJOHN LEGENDS AND LOCALS TRIBUTE AND BENEFIT CONCERT
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Something happens that is truly memorable. Remarkable. Legendary. One of a kind. So MARK your calendars everyone .FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017!
Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement.
Thank you everyone for the heartfelt BIRTHDAY WISHES!
YOU MADE MY DAY!
I LOVE YOU ALL