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MC5's Wayne Kramer plans memoir, 50th anniversary tour

By Gary Graff

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The MC5’s Wayne Kramer will be kicking out the jams again this year -- on stage and on the page.

In addition to publishing a memoir, the guitarist and co-founder of the iconic Detroit rock group will go on the road this summer with an MC50 tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the recording of the band’s debut album, “Kick Out The Jams,” at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. Kramer will play shows in Europe during the summer, then kick off a North American tour during September that will end with an Oct. 27 stop at the Fillmore Detroit that will feature the “Kick Out The Jams” album in its entirety.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9. Visit thefillmoredetroit.com for details.

Kramer will be accompanied on the tour by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Zen Guerrilla singer Marcus Duran. In a statement, Kramer says that, “The message of the MC5 has always been the sense of possibilities: a new music, a new politics, a new lifestyle...I’m now compelled to share this music I created with my brothers 50 years ago. My goal is that the audience leaves these concerts fueled by the positive and unifying power of rock music.”

Kramer’s book, “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities” comes out Aug. 14 and will encompass Kramer’s upbringing in Lincoln Park, his musical career and political activism as well as his recovery from drug addiction, which landed him in prison. Kramer founded and operates Jail Guitar Doors USA, which helps inmates through music.

Of the book, Kramer says, “I’ve come to accept that we were a dangerous band and that I lived a dangerous life. The music we made at that time represented something that said -- we are part of a tribe, we are part of a bigger movement -- and apparently it still represents that.”

More information about “The Hard Stuff” can be found at bit.ly/2FjXVLZ

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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