Rob Jones

The October of 51 years ago had The MC5 create aural history in their home town of Detroit. The recording of the ‘Kick Out the Jams’ album was to change to face of music. In 2019 original guitarist Wayne Kramer leads – The MC50 – featuring guitarist Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (Fugazi), bassist Doug Pinnick (King’s X) and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla). This stellar line up mark the momentous eight-songs of the iconic 1968 long player plus an encore of other MC5 gold.

Brother Wayne Kramer carries the torch for the MC5 legacy and his recent autobiography ‘The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities’ charts his 70 years. The fact is that this legendary axe man is held in high esteem by many who he has influenced e.g. The Damned, Primal Scream, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Dave Grohl and the list goes on and on.

Radical politics and raucous power had the MC5 score some seminal sounds up to their demise in early 1973. The impact of their fire was felt with far greater impetus in the period after this demise – a especially on 70’s punk and 90’s grunge.

KOTJ was recorded on October 30 and 31, 1968 and this high-energy live performance is one of the greatest stage sets to exemplify a gung ho groove. The good folk of Wales will now have a chance to witness this legacy at The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on Saturday, October 12, 6pm onwards.

There is the added attraction of hard rock legend Alice Cooper and post punk icons The Stranglers.

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