MC5 guitarist will hit the road for the 50th anniversary of the seminal rock album


Wayne Kramer will celebrate 50 years of kicking out the jams this year with a North American tour that will wrap Oct. 27 at the Fillmore Detroit, the MC5 guitarist announced Tuesday.

Tickets for the Fillmore Detroit concert, $25, $35, $59.50 and $75, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Pre-sale tickets (password: ENCORE) go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Kramer has fashioned a crack team of players to back him on the tour, including Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Dug Pinnick of King’s X and Marcus Durant of Zen Guerrilla. The band will be dubbed the MC50. In a statement, Kramer describes the new group as “a bunch of 40-to-70-year-old punks on a meth power trip.

“This band will rip your head off,” he said. “It’s real, raw, sweaty, total energy rock and roll.”

The tour, timed to coincide with this year’s 50th anniversary of the MC5’s seminal “Kick Out the Jams,” kicks off in early September, after a run of European festival dates. The Fillmore Detroit concert nearly lines up with the recording of “Kick Out the Jams,” which was taped in front of a live audience at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom over two nights, Oct. 30-31, 1968.

The band will play “Kick Out the Jams” in its entirety every night. “I’m not interested in a note-for-note reproduction of a record you’ve known your entire life,” Kramer said. “It’s time to bring the monster back to life with supremely talented musicians who will interpret it in their own unique ways.”

A rotating encore of MC5 classics will follow the main set each night.

Kramer will also release a memoir, “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities,” on Aug. 14.

Kramer said the music of the MC5 still resonates today.

“The message of the MC5 has always been the sense of possibilities: a new music, a new politics, a new lifestyle,” Kramer said in a statement. “Today, there is a corrupt regime in power, an endless war thousands of miles away, and uncontrollable violence wracking our country. It’s becoming less and less clear if we’re talking about 1968 or 2018. I’m now compelled to share this music I created with my brothers 50 years ago. My goal is that the audience leaves these concerts fueled by the positive and unifying power of rock music.”

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