Bassist played with Canadian rockers as they rose to international success
By David Sands
February 7, 2017
Steve Lang, who played bass with the Canadian rock band April Wine, is with us no more.
The bassist passed away Feb. 4. No cause of death has been reported. He was 67.
April Wine guitarist and singer Brian Greenway shared his thoughts on Lang’s passing in a recent statement:
“It is with great sadness that I let you know that Steve Lang passed away last Saturday. I was in many bands with Steve. Steve was the bassist of April Wine 1975 to 1984. All the big hits. Steve also did very well as a Financial Investor with his own company. He was a friend of 50 years. Steve was 67. My sincere condolences to his family.”
Lang joined April Wine in the mid-’70s, replacing Jim Clench who would later go on to play with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The late bassist made his album debut with the group on 1976’s The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy. He would also play their famous 1977 charity concert at Toronto’s El Mocambo Club, where they had the honor of having the Rolling Stones, who were listed on the bill as an unknown group called the Cockroaches, open for them.
That led to their first U.S. tour, opening with the Stones, and subsequent U.S. tours with groups like Rush, Styx and Journey. The bassist also shared in April Wine’s success when their song “First Glance” broke the Top 30 in the U.S. and remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart for 11 weeks in 1979, a turn of events that would lead to them becoming international stars.
Lang is survived by his daughter Erin Lang, a Canadian musician who plays with the Foundlings.
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