Wayne Kramer’s MC5 50th Anniv. Tour Expands

It’s high time to kick out the jams back in the USA…

By Fred Mills

With a handful of summer European festival dates – as massive open-air festival “rehearsals,” so to speak – under their belts, the 50th anniversary tour of the legendary MC5 really gets under way this fall in North America, starting in early September and running through late October for what will be a triumphant homecoming show in Detroit for mainman Wayne Kramer. He’s calling his band the MC50 and he’s joined by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayll, Fugazi drummer Brendon Canty, Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant, with original 5 drummer Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson slated to sit in at various points during the tour.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, special guests on select dates will include Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, and Was (Not Was) mainman Don Was. And with opening acts including Man Or Astro-man?, the Detroit Cobras, and Starcrawler (more tba), the shows, primarily at large clubs and medium sized theaters along with a few festivals, are predicted to routinely sell out. (September 8 sees the band playing in BLURT’s home base of Raleigh, NC, at the annual Hopscotch Music Festival) – and, intriguingly, the band’s showcase, which includes Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz, and Zack Mexico, is also an individually ticketed concert that has just gone on sale to the public).

After the tour of North America, the MC50 heads back to Europe (link at the top). Here are the fall N.A. 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 (A Benefit for charity Jail Guitar Doors)
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 *

# = w/ Man Or Astro-Man?
* = w/ Detroit Cobras
^ = Starcrawler

 

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