John Kay and Steppenwolf
I learned more from John Kay in the nine years I played with him than I can say… work ethic, professionalism, how important it was to be "on", every night. Something that really benefited my playing ever since though, and made so many of my subsequent opportunities possible, was about keeping time.
On 200+ dates a year, we played to a click track sent through our floor monitors (this was way before in-ears). I learned that playing to a click isn't at all about perfect time, whatever that is; it's about consistent time, or consistently manipulating and playing with time to create a musical result. Does The Pusher sound robotic...? I don't think so!