Bob Steeler became our last drummer sometime before Ron
Renninger joined us, at which time his last name was spelled
Stuhler. Bob was an agreeable and loyal fellow that we all got
along with, and he stuck it out with us to the end.
Although I don't have any photographs of Bob from the days we
were together, he played with us during all our later and best
recordings, and so deserves a more prominent place in this slide
show than I have been able to provide. I couldn't put this up
without some kind of a picture of him.
As you can see, there is more to this picture than the thumbnail
shows. About two years after I last saw Steeler, he joined Hot
Tuna, the band that formed when Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen
(shown here) split off from Jefferson Airplane, which then
became known as Jefferson Starship. Steeler remained with the
band for several years, touring and recording, left for a while,
and them rejoined them for a couple more years.
This performance photograph is probably copyrighted and is used
without permission. (I haven't asked.) If the owners ever find
it and really object, I'll remove it. I'll also then never buy a
Hot Tuna album.
Steeler is now an artist living near Denver, Colorado,
apparently doing well, from what I was able to determine in a
half hour telephone conversation with him. Steeler is not on the
Net, and doesn't seem to be the type that he likely ever will
be, so we have not communicated since just before our CD
Dog Days was produced.