MC5 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MC5’s historic debut album Kick Out the Jams, Wayne Kramer, the bands founding member put together an all-star band with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil (guitar) and Matt Cameron (drums), vocalist Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla), Faith No More bassist Bill Gould, Afghan Whig’s Greg Dulli and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty. MC5 drummer Dennis Thompson has been performing as a special guest on select shows. MC50 stopped at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA on Oct.  5 with a few surprise guests like Gun N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan. This tour benefiting Jail Guitar Doors helps provide instruments to those imprisoned as a form of rehabilitation.

MC50 kicked off their set with “Rambling Rose,” and played all the Kick Out the Jams. I’ve seen rock shows, metal shows and punk shows, but this was one of the craziest shows I’ve seen. At 70 Kramer still prances around the stage and is nothing but pure raw energy. Kramer picked the perfect band for this tour. For bands from the same era as MC50, it is rare to see the audience stand beside a few songs but for this show, the whole venue was standing beginning to end. After Kick Out the Jams concluded the band continued with more MC5 classics until ending with “Sister Anne.” The US part of tour concludes Oct. 27 in Detroit, MI the city where MC5 formed over five decades ago.


  1. Rambling Rose
  2. Kick Out the Jams
  3. Come Together
  4. Motor City’s Burning
  5. Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
  6. Borderline
  7. I Want You Right Now
  8. Starship
  9. Tonight
  10. Shakin’ Street
  11. Future/Now
  12. Call Me Animal
  13. Let Me Try
  14. Skunk
  15. Looking at You
  16. Sister Anne