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Wayne Kramer and MC50 kick off tour in Fort Lauderdale | Photos

No Iggy, no problem. Wayne Kramer and MC50 kicked off Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night with a set that served as a vivid reminder that rock ’n’ roll knows no age, nor era.

Backed by an all-star band that included vocalist Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Billy Gould (Faith No More), Kramer, 70, was a nimble and coercive presence while unloading the classic MC5 album “Kick Out the Jams” in front of a raucous crowd of about 500 people in opening the North American leg of the tour.

The rumored cameo by Kramer’s longtime friend Iggy Pop went unfulfilled, but was of no consequence by the end of the show.

The dynamic interplay between Kramer and Thayil carried the evening, with a sonic détente that defied the years between them. The snake-hipped Durant was a revelation, dark glasses in constant battle with a mushroom of hair that demanded to know, “Are you experienced?”

Kramer’s Kick Out the Jams tour is embarking on a nationwide journey, with stops in Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Boston in the next week, Cleveland, Austin and Los Angeles going forward. It’s hard to imagine a more effective tutorial on rock ‘n’ roll and the ability of songs such as “Ramblin' Rose, “Kick Out the Jams,” “Come Together,” “Shakin’ Street” and “American Ruse” to inspire that sometimes vestigial id in all of us.

For more information on the tour, visit MC50th.com.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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