There’s only a handful of bands that give me goosebumps when I hear their opening riffs, and one of those bands are the MC5. Co-founded by revolutionary guitarist Wayne Kramer, MC5 delivered punk ‘n’ blues with a powerful message. They went against the grain and weren’t afraid to shout their anti-establishment lyrics. For those reasons, they are one of the true purveyors of punk rock.
MC50 Los Angeles Performance at John Anson Ford Theatre
Wayne Kramer has announced a “Kick Out the Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour” with a Los Angeles show date at the John Anson Ford Theatre on October 5. Performing with Kramer will be Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Billy Gould (Faith No More), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla). Together the group rebirth the MC5 as the MC50! They will perform the MC5’s landmark album Kick Out the Jams in all its glorious entirety. The band will also play song selections from MC5’s additional two albums Back in the USA and High Time. Opening acts include Starcrawler and Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls. All proceeds will benefit Jail Guitar Doors.
This is going to be an incredible event. Expect some very special guests on stage and in the crowd. More MC50 tour dates here!
Wayne Kramer is also celebrating this important year with his just-published ‘The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities.’ The memoir shares how Kramer battled childhood abuse, police brutality, FBI surveillance, the US prison system, decades of opioid addiction, and a constantly corrupt regime. 70 years later, this incredible human is still fighting the good fight through his music and words.
Fun (embarrassing) Fun Fact: the first time I crossed paths with Wayne Kramer of the MC5 I totally froze. See below.
— Grimy Goods (@grimygoods) March 29, 2013
— Wayne Kramer (@waynekramer) March 29, 2013