MC5’s Wayne Kramer Recruits Soundgarden, Fugazi, & King’s X Members For “Kick Out The Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour

MC5‘s Wayne Kramer has announced that he will be heading out on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MC5‘s debut album “Kick Out The Jams.” He will be performing the effort in full along with other fan favorites every night. The lineup for the trek will include Kramer along with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla). Dates have yet to be announced, but the trek is expected to start in September and run through October. So far, an October 27 show has been announced at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI.

In other news, Kramer will be releasing his new memoir “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities” on August 14, via Da Capo Press. The following synopsis was shared for that:

“In January 1969, before the world heard a note of their music, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, they were raw, primal, and, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable.

Led by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control, all but assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived. They toured the country, played with music legends, and had a rabid following, their music acting as the soundtrack to the blue collar youth movement springing up across the nation.

Kramer wanted to redefine what a rock ‘n’ roll group was capable of, and there was power in reaching for that, but it was also a recipe for disaster, both personally and professionally. The band recorded three major label albums but, by 1972, it was all over.

Kramer‘s story is a revolutionary one, but it’s also the deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist, a rebel with a great tale to tell. The ’60s were not all peace and love, but Kramer shows that peace and love can be born out of turbulence and unrest.

From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L.A., in and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.”


Watch Footage Of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Performing At 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (January 25). The event featured numerous artists incling members of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Check out footage from the concert below:

[via The PRP]

Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Fear Factory, Etc. Members Set For 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, is set to take place on January 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The event will feature an all-star jam band composed of members of Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Pumpjack will open the show and SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin will serve as the host. All proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Kyng‘s GoFundMe Campaign for their stolen gear. An official afterparty will also take place at the Affliction Soundstage in Seal Beach, CA after the concert, and it will feature performances from Whiskeydick, Pantera tribute band Cowgirls From Hell, and Kyng.

Pantera, Slayer, Machine Head, Etc. Members Set For 2016 Dimebash Benefit

The details have been revealed for the 2016 Dimebash benefit show. The event will take place January 22, at Lucky Strike Live, in Hollywood, CA, and all proceeds will go towards the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. As for what to expect in terms of performance, the show will feature collaborations between members of Pantera, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Black Label Society, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Stone Sour, Type O Negative, Danzig, King’s X, Devildriver, Prong, Kyng, and Armored Saint.


Three Days Grace, Anthrax Etc. Added To 2015 “Food Truck & Rock Carnival”

More acts have been revealed for the first annual Food Truck & Rock Carnival. The event will take place September 18-20, at Oak Ridge Park, in Clark, NJ, and the newly announced acts include: Three Days Grace, Black Label Society, Clutch, Anthrax, Sevendust, King’s X, Stephen Pearcy (ex-Ratt), Prophet, Crobot, Like a Storm, Gilby Clarke and Edgar Cayce.

These join the previously announced acts which include: Godsmack, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Stone Temple Pilots, Skid Row, Skillet, Puddle Of Mudd, Otherwise, Slaughter, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, Lita Ford and Kix.


The event will also feature appearances by Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show) & Jonny Z for Rock N’ Roll Heaven, illusionist Jason Bishop, hypnotist Dan Candell, BMX stunt show from Hell On Wheels, interactive shows with GCW Wrestling, a free carnival, multiple tribute bands, beer, a food truck competition and more.