Wayne Kramer, founding guitarist of Detroit protopunk icons MC5, will bring his newly formed supergroup MC50 to Revolution Live on Sept. 5, the first stop on a 35-date tour supporting the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut album, “Kick Out the Jams.”
General admission tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, and cost $26-$30 via Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone (1-800-745-3000) and the Revolution Live box office.
A VIP presale, called the “Wayne Kramer Super Fan Pre-Show Experience,” is on sale now and includes one general-admission ticket, a pre-show conversation and photo with Kramer and an autographed copy of his forthcoming memoir, “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities,” due out Aug. 14.
Kramer’s MC50 supergroup carries an impressive roster of rock veterans in Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, Kings X bassist Dug Pinnick and Zen Guerrilla singer Marcus Durant. MC50 will perform “Kick Out the Jams” in its entirely.
A sonic battle cry amid the peace-and-love climate of the late 1960s, “Kick Out the Jams” was considered an incendiary forerunner of punk rock from the moment it was recorded. The “Kick Out the Jams” anniversary tour will end Oct. 27 at the Fillmore in Detroit, nearly 50 years to the day when MC5 recorded the album live in Detroit’s Grande Ballroom on Halloween 1968. That album’s original slipcover had an extra profanity printed after the word “Kick Out the Jams.” The vulgarity prompted record stores to refuse to sell the album and persuaded MC5’s record company, Elektra, to dump the band.