Soundgarden, Kings X and Fugazi Members Set for MC5’s 50th Anniversary Tour


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

MC50, the 50th anniversary tour for MC5, will feature a bevy of famous musicians

MC5 is doing it up big for their 50th anniversary tour, as the trek will feature a bevy of big names. The trek, called MC50, will spotlight a lineup that includes founding guitarist Wayne Kramer, as well as Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, Kings X’s Dug Pinnick and Zen Guerrilla’s Marcus Durant.

The North American leg of the MC5’s 50th anniversary tour will set off Sept. 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and run through two gigs in their hometown of Detroit, Oct. 26 and 27. The tour will hit major markets, including Atlanta, Nashville, Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and beyond, totaling more than 30 shows.

For information on the MC50 Tour, including ticket details, head to the tour’s official website at

On tour, each evening will feature Kramer and the touring lineup performing MC5’s seminal debut album, “Kick Out the Jams,” from front to back, as well as an encore of other MC5 classics.

“This band will rip your head off,” Kramer said in a statement. “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.”

MC50 2018 North American 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, D.C., 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

Charles Ken
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