MC5 Setup KICK OUT THE JAMS 50th Anniversary Tour This Coming Fall

MC5 design “Kick Out The Jams” 50th-anniversary tour,
this coming fall

Wayne Kramer is celebrating 50 years of his group MC5 with a tour,
putting together a supergroup

MC5 Setup KICK OUT THE JAMS 50th Anniversary Tour This Coming Fall


The MC5 (“Motor City Five”), an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964, till 1972. The original group line-up consisted of Rob Tyner (singer), Wayne Kramer (guitarist), Fred “Sonic” Smith (guitarist), Michael Davis (bassist) and Dennis Thompson (drummer).

They immediately established themselves with their 1st album “Kick Out the Jams”. It recorded live on the 30th and 31st of October in 1968. The record went on to stir up some controversy due to the title track “Kick Out the Jams” rallying cry of ‘kick out the jams, motherfuckers’, and John Sinclair’s inflammatory liner notes. The album ended with “Starship”, a cover of a Sun Ra song. It is most questionably known and considered as one of the top live rock album’s of all time.

Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock & roll brought together elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

Upcoming 50th Celebration tour with assembled supergroup

The MC5 music and tradition of one of punk rocks leading patriarchs have for generations, with even the Detroit city band members Rob Tyner, Michael Davis and Fred “Sonic” Smith all passing on, been a pivotal band for ‘loud and proud’ hard rock, garage rock, blues rock and punk rock aficionados.

The group’s influential guitarist Wayne Kramer is setting out on tour this fall (Sept.-Oct.) to celebrate MC5’s 50th anniversary of their historical debut album with a new supergroup, MC50. The legendary guitarist bandmates will include Zen Guerrilla’s frontman Marcus Durant, Soundgarden’s lead guitarist Kim Thayil, King’s X bassist/singer Doug Pinnick and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty. Also, it should be highly noted here that the motor city five superb drummer Dennis Thompson will be joining them at selected performances during the tour.

Coinciding with the upcoming 2018 tour

Wayne Kramer will be publishing a memoir entitled “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities”. The schedule release is 14th of August 2018 through De Capo Press (pre-orders are ongoing here). It “chronicles his abusive childhood, his discovery of rock and roll through iconic rock artists like Chuck Berry and the Yardbirds, and the start-up days of the MC5, which he discovered when he was a teenaged Downriver greaser ‘captivated & gravitated’ to guitars, girls and hot rods,” as a press release reveals. “He tells the unique story of a rock band that supplemented the typical sex, drugs, and rock & roll with radical politics of the White Panther Party, FBI surveillance, wiretapping, and more.”

MC50 2018 Tour Dates:

(Tickets for the tour start to go on sale 4th of April at 10 a.m. local time. You can though, find the full information on the MC50’s website.)

09/05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
09/06 – St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
09/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/08 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
09/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/12 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
09/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/14 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
09/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/17 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
09/18 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
09/23 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
09/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
09/26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
09/28 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
09/29 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

10/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
10/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/03 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ John Anson Ford
10/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
10/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Metro Chicago
10/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
10/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore



Written by: Timothy John Forker 
Music Promotions CEO/Director at: FORKSTER
© 2018 FORKSTER MUSIC PROMOTIONS by Timothy J. Forker

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