Wayne Kramer’s MC5 Tribute Tour Adds Detroit Cobras and Faith No More Bassist

MC50 celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kramer’s wildly influential band’s ‘Kick Out the Jams’ LP comes to Bogart’s on Oct. 25

Jul 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm
click to enlarge MC5's landmark 'Kick Out the Jams' album was released in early 1969 on Elektra Records.
MC5's landmark 'Kick Out the Jams' album was released in early 1969 on Elektra Records.

It was announced a few months ago that the MC50 tour — featuring MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and a supergroup backing band — would be coming to Cincinnati on Oct. 25 for a show at Bogart’s. The tour — celebrating the imminent 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking MC5 debut LP Kick Out the Jams — recently announced a few additions and changes.

The fantastic Detroit Garage Rock crew Detroit Cobras will open several dates, including the Cincy show. Man Or Astro-Man? and Starcrawler are opening other dates on the tour.

There’s also been a change in the band lineup for the tour. Billy Gould of Faith No More is replacing Dug Pinnick (King’s X) on bass. The rest of the touring group features Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty (who was recently in town for a show with his band Messthetics, which also includes Fugazi bassist Joe Lally) and frontman Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla).

The MC50 “family” still lists Pinnick as a member, alongside sometime-band members Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam/Soundgarden) and producer/musician Don Was (Was Not Was). A recent press release says that Was and Cameron will be appearing on “additional” MC50 dates, as will Hamilton, Ohio’s own Greg Dulli of Cincinnati music legends The Afghan Whigs (none of those dates have been announced yet).

Here’s a recent MC50 performance of “Come Together,” featuring Kramer, Cameron, Was, Thayil and Durant (spliced with rehearsal footage with some of the other members). Tickets for the Cincy tour date are available now here.