March 24, 1949 – February 4, 2017
Steve Lang is best remembered as a bassist for popular Canadian rock band, April Wine. Although he was not the group’s founding bass guitarist, he came on board just in time for their most successful period between 1976 and 1984. Born in Montreal, Canada, Lang played in the fusion band, Mashmakhan, before being invited to replace April Wine’s second bassist, Jim Clench. During Lang’s tenure with the band, he played on five albums, including their two biggest sellers, Harder…Faster and The Nature of the Beast, which included the hit singles, “Just Between You and Me” and “Sign of the Gypsy Queen.” Lang left April Wine in 1984 and settled into working life outside of the music. Steve Lang was 67 when he passed away on February 4, 2017. Cause of death was not immediately released, but he had reportedly been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.