Wayne Kramer MC5 50th Anniversary Shows Announced

Wayne Kramer @PaulyRockPhoto

Detroit punk pioneer Wayne Kramer will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MC5's debut album, Kick Out the Jams by ramblin' through 30+ cities across North America with a star spangled line-up.

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, will be a part of the "MC50" band that will include Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant.  The 5-0 will be playing Kick out the Jams "top to bottom" according to Kramer, along with other MC5 essentials.  Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson, the only other living member of the original 5, will appear at select dates to be announced. 

Marcus Durant is an exciting choice to fill the void left by Rob Tyner out front.  The pedigree of this band is impeccable.

Beginning in September, the tour will touch down at St. Augustine Amphitheatre 9/6 and Atlanta's Variety Playhouse 9/7.  It will culminate at the Fillmore Detroit on 10/27, almost exactly 50 years to the date that the original Kick Out the Jams album was recorded at the Motor City's rock and roll pantheon, the Grande Ballroom.

Check out some of my photos from Wayne's Veteran's Benefit show in Athens last year.

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