Wayne Kramer’s MC5 kicks off tour with Detroit rock classics

Robert Roffulo

“Some bands take two years between records,” Wayne Kramer told his audience Thursday at El Club. “Some bands take five years. We take 50.” The raucous musical spirit and activist bent of the MC5 was on the agenda at the cozy Detroit venue, as Kramer and his new bandmates kicked […]

“Some bands take two years between records,” Wayne Kramer told his audience Thursday at El Club. “Some bands take five years. We take 50.”

The raucous musical spirit and activist bent of the MC5 was on the agenda at the cozy Detroit venue, as Kramer and his new bandmates kicked off the Heavy Lifting Tour, prelude to a fall album that will be first since 1971 to bear the MC5 name.

Armed with his red-white-and-blue Fender Strat, playing for several hundred devoted hometown fans not far from his boyhood neighborhood, the 74-year-old guitarist tapped his old band’s catalog for a 16-song set.

Outside the venue, lively Cinco de Mayo action up and down Vernor added an extra festive touch to the occasion, as the music of the Five got a 5/5 workout in southwest Detroit.

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