Sunday, November 29, 2009


By Adam Williams

PopMatters Associate Music Editor

Only a week into an ambitious world tour, bassist Michael Davis, guitarist Wayne Kramer, and drummer Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson took to the Bowery stage as the surviving members of the once mighty MC5, proving that they could still kick out the jams with love, humor and passion.

One of a select few bands completely defined by the sum of its parts, the untimely passing of vocalist Rob Tyner and guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith over a decade ago effectively ended the MC5 proper. Thus, any attempts to utilize the band moniker could/should be met by healthy doses of skepticism and criticism. With one eye on the music and the other on integrity however, the DKT tour is not crafted as a reunion per se, but rather a celebration of art created many years ago; ably supported by a roster of collaborators, its line-up will change as the tour ventures from the States to Australia and Japan.

Firehouse DKT Poster

Once the tour bus rolled into New York for the two night stand, the majority of vocal chores were handled by Mudhoney’s Mark Arm—a fledgling legend in the annals of grunge—while understated but ultra-cool Marshall Crenshaw contributed a solid rhythm guitar.


bernardo said...

"A big hug from PerĂº Machinegun
With a lot of respect

Rich Dudansky said...

"Hey Machinegun,Greetings from far north of you ,Redford,Mich. The youtube video of the MC5 doing "Lookin at You" at Wayne State is the greatest example of Detroit Snotnose Attitude ! You guys were in the pocket !I watch it once or twice a week for energy!Added bonus...Brother Wayne's crazy dance moves !Rock On Brother!"

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