Watch Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members Cover Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

The Miraculous Love Kids / Girl With A Guitar have released a cover of Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).“ The track features various guests including: Tom Morello (Rage Agianst The Machine), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Cheri Currie (The Runaways), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Greg Kurstin (The Bird And The Bee), and Inara George.

Lanny Cordola (The Miraculous Love Kids / Guitar With A Girl) commented:

“I feel a moral and spiritual imperative to awaken humanity, in particular my brethren in the music community to help give a voice to the horrible plight of poverty-stricken, war-torn girls. Why girls? Because they have it the worst — forced into childhood marriages, stripped of their rights, and exploited in every way imaginable.”

“We wanted to do something moody — a kind of gothic hymn — and we gravitated towards the dark yet hopeful spirit of this song. The lines in the song — ’some of them want to use you, some of them want to get used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some of them want to be abused — really resonate, reflecting these troubled times. But then a glimmer of optimism — ‘hold your head up…keep your head up’ — gently flows through the voices of these girls who have experienced the worst that humanity has to offer.”

“The girls are learning about the world through rock and roll, and have begun discovering the wonders and magic of the guitar from this incredible cast of soul-filled musicians from America, who all offered their services with great generosity and enthusiasm.”

Morello added:

“These girls are so brave and so inspiring. It is an honor to make music with them.”

Ministry, Tenacious D, Stitched Up Heart, Etc. Members Added To Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

More artists have been added to the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the updated lineup includes: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Idol, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jack Black (Tenacious D), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Mike Garson (David Bowie), Brad Wilk (Prophets Of Rage/Rage Against The Machine), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Franky Perez (Deadland Ritual), Twiggy, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart), Jason Christopher (Prong), Etty Lauy Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol), Paul Trudeau (Billy Idol), Donovan Leitch, and Julie Mintz. As previously reported, the all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album in full. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

Jane’s Addiction, Bush, Etc. Members To Take Part In Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have revealed the artists that will be joining them at the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the duo will be performing with actor Joe Manganiello, Billy Idol, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Etty Lau Farrell, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mike Garson (David Bowie), and more to be announced. The all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

MC5’s Wayne Kramer Reveals Dates For “Kick Out The Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour Feat. Soundgarden, Fugazi, Etc. Members

MC5‘s Wayne Kramer previously announced that he would be performing the MC5‘s debut album “Kick Out The Jams” in full on a 50th anniversary tour. Now, he has officially announced the dates for the trek. The lineup for the tour will include Kramer along with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla).

Tour Dates:

09/05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
09/06 St. Augustine, FL – Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
09/07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09/08 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09/12 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
09/13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
09/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
09/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09/17 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/18 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/22 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
09/23 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
09/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
09/26 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
09/28 Austin, TX – Mohawk
09/29 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/01 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/03 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/05 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

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.

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.”

Stone Temple Pilots Joined Onstage By Johnny Depp & More At Santa Clarita Show

During Stone Temple Pilots’ show at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA last night (March 2), the band were joined onstage by some special guests including Johnny Depp and Wayne Kramer (MC5). They also played a cover of MC5‘s “Kick Out The Jams.“