To celebrate the MC5’s still-astonishing debut album, “Kick Out the Jams,” MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is hitting the road with a bunch of ringers for the MC50 tour, which comes to the Mohawk Sept. 28.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6.
Kramer and co. will play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as an encore set of MC5 material that will change each night.
While Kramer is the only original MC5 member to play on the tour, he will be joined by Soundgarden's Kim Thayil will play guitar (aka the Fred “Sonic” Smith spot), Fugazi's Brendan Canty will play drums (aka the Dennis Thompson spot), Dug Pinnick of King's X will play bass (aka the Michael Davis spot) and Zen Guerrilla's Marcus Durant will front the band (aka the Rob Tyner spot).
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Canty, who currently plays in the instrumental avant-rock trio the Messthetics, said the following in a statement.
“The MC5 were one of the few bands that I idolized growing up in D.C. They had politics, chops, and unfathomable energy. They played protests, and made music that sounded like a celebration of the movement at the same time. They informed so many of us in the punk rock world. No matter where you heard it, hearing Kick out the Jams for the first time rewrote what you thought you knew of the 60’s, and a band's potential.”
Canty’s not kidding. Fugazi owed a bit of its dyanamism to the MC5 (even more to the 5’s “little brother” band the Stooges). The DC act the Nation of Ulysses borrowed heavily from the 5’s political-party style and explosive performances.
Kramer’s memoir, “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities” (Da Capo) is out Aug. 14.
This video below shows the MC5 at the height of its power. Kramer is the one windmilling.
Three of the five (Tyner, Smith, Davis) are no longer on this planet. This is what rock music should look like.]]