Detroit proto-punk legends MC50 have announced a special UK tour, to commemorate the 5oth anniversary of their classic debut album ‘Kick Out the Jams’, Which includes several European festivals, as well as four UK tour dates. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased here.
Founding member Wayne Kramer will be joined by an all-star cast of a line-up during the tour, in Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla),
Don Was (Was Not Was) and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam).
The tour will also commemorate the release of Kramer’s memoir, The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, to be published August 16th by Faber & Faber in UK. The book chronicles his abusive childhood, the influence of rock and roll found in artists like Chuck Berry and The Yardbirds, as well as the life and times of the band and it’s excessive legacy.
The book also documents Kramer’s life after the band, including jail time, addiction, and reconnecting with his estranged father.
Kramer wrote “I will come to England, where some of the greatest live shows of my life were performed in the MC5, to play Kick Out the Jams again with these great musicians. Doing so is the best possible tribute to the legacy. To borrow from Claude Lanzmann, there will be ‘No Retirement and No Retreat.” Let’s rock.” The tour kicks off in Bristol in early November, before culminating at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. You can see the full list of dates below.
09/11/2018- Bristol Academy- Bristol
10/11- ABC- Glasgow
11/11- Albert Hall- Manchester
12/11- Shepherds Bush Empire- London.