MC5 reveals dates for 50th anniversary tour featuring Wayne Kramer, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and Fugazi’s Brendan Canty

Each show promises a full album performance of MC5's seminal album, Kick Out the Jams, plus an encore of other MC5 material

MC50 lineup featuring Wayne Kramer, Kim Thayil, Brendan Canty, Dug Pinnick, and Marcus Durant
MC50 Anniversary Lineup

    Wayne Kramer has revealed the 35-date itinerary for MC5’s upcoming 50th anniversary North American tour.

    “Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour” kicks off on September 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and runs through the end of October, concluding with two nights in MC5’s native Detroit. Each show will feature a full album performance of MC5’s seminal album, Kick Out the Jams, plus an encore of other MC5 material.

    Kramer will be joined on the road by an all-star backing band. Dubbed “MC50,” the lineup features Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Additionally, drummer Dennis Thompson, the only other living member of MC5, will appear at select dates.


    Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 6th. See the full itinerary below.

    To coincide with the tour, Kramer will be publishing a memoir. Entitled The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, it “chronicles his abusive childhood, his discovery of rock and roll through artists like Chuck Berry and the Yardbirds, and the beginnings of the MC5, which he founded when he was a teenaged Downriver greaser obsessed with guitars, girls, and hot rods,” as a press release notes. “He tells the unique story of a band that supplemented the usual sex, drugs, and rock and roll with radical politics of the White Panther Party, FBI surveillance, wiretapping, and more.” The memoir is scheduled for release on August 14th through De Capo Press (pre-orders are ongoing here).

    MC50 2018 Tour Dates:
    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