Kick Out the Jams, over two nights in the proto-punk
band’s home town of Detroit, and it captured the band’s insanely muscular live experience. Guitarist
Wayne Kramer wrote in his autobiography, The Hard Stuff, which came out in August, that during the
recording, his low E string slipped badly out of tune and completely threw him out of his groove. But
Kick Out the Jams, with its revolutionary undertones, has become one of rock’s most powerful albums.
Kramer is heading up a tour to celebrate the record’s fiftieth anniversary by playing it in its entirety
(along with cuts from Back in the USA and High Times) with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Faith No
More bassist Billy Gould, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Zen Guerrilla singer Marcus Durant; that
group is known MC50.
Five decades ago, the MC5 recorded its live debut,