Wayne Kramer Unveils New MC5 Tour, Album

We Are All MC5 with Don Was

Photo by Margaret Saadi Kramer

Wayne Kramer revived MC5 for a set of tour dates in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their seminal record, Kick Out The Jams. Now he’s announced another tour for the iconic Detroit outfit. Even more exciting is the fact that there will be a new album. It will mark their first new record in 51 years.

“We’ve just barely survived four catastrophic years of a failed presidency and a devastating pandemic,” Kramer states. “Brad [Brooks] and I started writing new music with the express purpose of pushing back against the cruelty of it all.”

As Kramer is the only founding member left, the album will be released under the moniker We Are All MC5. The effort will reportedly have a huge list of collaborators with a core band of Tom Morello, Brad Brooks, Abe Laboriel Jr., and Don Was on bass. Was is a musical chameleon. He serves as the current president of Blue Note Records and has most recently been touring with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

Kramer shared a teaser clip of the first single, “Heavy Lifting”:

The touring lineup will see Kramer and Brooks joined by Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, David Bowie drummer Stevie Salas, and Mavis Staples collaborator Vicki Randle on bass. Together, they’ll spend 10 days covering 8 cities in May.

We’ll update you with more details as they become available.

MC5 2022 “Heavy Lifting” Tour Dates:

May 05DetroitEl Club
May 06PittsburghThunderbird
May 07PhiladelphiaUnderground Arts
May 08BrooklynWarsaw
May 12SacramentoHarlow’s
May 13San FranciscoBimbo’s 365 Club
May 14Los AngelesThe Roxy Theatre
May 15San DiegoSoda Bar

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