MC50 Announce Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour North American Tour Dates | Shore Fire Media

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3 April, 2018Print

MC50 Announce "Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour" North American Tour Dates

Supergroup Features MC5 Founding Guitarist Wayne Kramer Joined By Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Dug Pinnick

Today, Wayne Kramer, leader of Detroit's proto-punk/hard rock band MC5, announces 35 North American dates for "Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour." Touring with the MC50 -- which includes guitarist Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (Fugazi), bassist Dug Pinnick (King's X), and frontman Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) -- Kramer will be celebrating the landmark anniversary of the MC5's incendiary debut album Kick Out the Jams and the release of his memoir The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, to be published August 14 by Da Capo Press.

The North American tour begins in early September, after several European summer festivals, and culminates with an October 27th concert back where it all began: in Detroit in 1968, where Kick Out the Jams -- recently cited by Pitchfork as one of the 50 best albums of the 1960s--was recorded live in front of a raucous home town audience at the Grande Ballroom on Halloween night. The final Detroit show will also be the grand re-opening of the soon-to-be-renovated Fillmore. On the MC50 tour, Kramer and the band will play the album Kick Out the Jams in its entirety followed by an encore of MC5 material that will change each night.

Tour details, including ticket on-sale dates and more, can be found at

As Kramer explains: "This band will rip your head off. It's real, raw, sweaty, total energy rock and roll, like a bunch of 40-to-70-year-old punks on a meth power trip." Super Fan Pre-Show Experience Pre Sale starts Wednesday, April 4 at 10AM local time. Details are available at

Kick Out the Jams is recognized as the galvanizing live document that introduced a major voice of late '60s counterculture and proved incomparably influential on metal, punk, stoner rock and almost every other form of loud, limitless, long-haired music to come. The recording took place just months after the band's appearance at Chicago's riotous 1968 Democratic National Convention -- a pivotal moment in modern American politics.

Says Kramer of revisiting Kick Out The Jams: "Today, there is a corrupt regime in power, an endless war thousands of miles away, and uncontrollable violence wracking our country. It's becoming less and less clear if we're talking about 1968 or 2018. I'm now compelled to share this music I created with my brothers 50 years ago. My goal is that the audience leaves these concerts fueled by the positive and unifying power of rock music."

Tour Dates

9/5 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

9/6 - St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

9/7 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

9/8 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

9/9 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

9/11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

9/12 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall

9/13 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

9/14 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

9/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

9/17 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

9/18 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

9/19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

9/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

9/22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live

9/23 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

9/25 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

9/26 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

9/28 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk

9/29 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

10/1 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee

10/2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

10/3 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

10/4 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

10/5 - 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

MC50 - Wayne Kramer Super Fan Pre-Show Experience

- One (1) general admission floor ticket

- Join Wayne Kramer for a no-holds-barred conversation before the show (no topic off limits) including an exclusive look into Wayne's personal guitar collection

- Personal photo with Wayne Kramer

- One (1) first edition autographed copy of the upcoming memoir, The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, & My Life Of Impossibilities (Da Capo Press)

- One (1) limited-edition 18"x24" custom tour poster designed by renowned artist Chuck Sperry

- One (1) custom Kick Out the Jams anniversary tour merchandise gift bag

- Early entry into the venue

- On-site experience host


About Wayne Kramer

MC5 founding member and guitarist Wayne Kramer worked for racial and economic equality during the Vietnam War and was a target of the FBI's counter-intelligence program. After serving a federal prison term, he released ten solo albums and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four-year-old son.


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For more information on MC50, contact Mark Satlof or James Rainis at Shore Fire Media, (718) 522-7171.

For more information on The Hard Stuff, contact Lissa Warren at Da Capo Press (US), (617) 263-2963.