Wayne Kramer has revealed that he is planning to release a new MC5 album this October. With this news, he also announced that he will be teaming up with drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), singer Brad Brooks (Pollo Elastico), bassist Vicki Randle (Mavis Staples), and guitarist Steve Salas (David Bowie) for a May U.S. tour.
The album will be preceded by two songs including “Heavy Lifting,” which features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Don Was, Abe Laboriel Jr, and Brad Brooks, and a reimagined version of “Edge Of The Switchblade,” which features Laboriel, Was, and William Duvall (Alice In Chains). Kramer said the following:
“Nonstop touring, especially the last decade, I’ve come to understand that the music of the MC5 is as necessary as ever. It’s definitely high time to write and record new songs and to carry a message of uncompromising hard rock to fans around the world. We’ve just barely survived four catastrophic years of a failed presidency and a devastating pandemic. Brad and I started writing new music with the express purpose of pushing back against the cruelty of it all. It had become so polarized and depressing that bringing in other writers was like a hope injection.”
“Tom Morello, Jill Sobule, Tim McIlrath, Kesha and Alejandro Escovedo helped me expand the work using the most powerful weapon in existence: our creativity. Of course, Dennis ‘Machine Gun’ Thompson is playing strong now and driving the beat on two songs, so I’m thrilled about that, too. Bob Ezrin produces because he is not only the titan of rock but also the most natural choice to deliver this music to fans in search of songs that capture an ultra- amplified soul. The results are earth-shaking rock ‘n’ roll.”
Producer Bob Ezrin added:
“Aside from being a dear friend and a personal hero of mine, Wayne Kramer is a rock and roll treasure because he is keeping the spirit of the MC5 and Detroit’s unique and hugely important blend of punk and funk alive and well in all that he does. I’m excited and honored to be working on this project with him and the supremely talented group of lunatics we have assembled for it. We are all MC5!”
05/05 Detroit, MI – El Club
05/06 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird
05/07 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
05/08 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
05/12 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
05/13 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
05/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
05/15 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
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