MC5 Announce New Album and 2022 Tour Dates

It's been 50 years since there was new music from MC5. But now Wayne Kramer and his current musical company are kicking out the jams once again.

Launching a campaign called We Are All MC5, the band has posted a teaser for "Heavy Lifting," the first song from a new album due this fall and ahead of live dates in May with a new MC5 lineup. The stomping track was co-written by Kramer, Brad Brooks and Tom Morello, and also features Don Was on bass and Abe Laboriel Jr. from Paul McCartney's band on drums. The full song's release is TBA, along with a new version of "Edge of the Switchblade" from Kramer's 1995 solo album, The Hard Stuff, that features co-lead vocals by Alice in Chains' William Duvall.

The group reunited on Feb. 22, 1992, to pay tribute to its late frontman Rob Tyner at Detroit's State Theatre, while Kramer, Thompson and bassist Michael Davis toured as DKT/MC5 in 2004, with guest singers. That lineup lasted until Davis' death in February 2012. (Original guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith died in 1994.) In 2018, Kramer formed MC50 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kick Out the Jams concerts, with members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Fugazi, Faith No More, Zen Guerilla and King's X joining him.

The current MC5 touring lineup includes Kramer, Brooks, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, guitarist Steve Salas (David Bowie) and bassist Vicki Randle (Mavis Staples). The eight-date spring tour kicks off May 5 in Detroit and wraps May 15 in San Diego. Tickets go on sale on March 11. Details can be found on the band's Facebook page.

You can view a list of tour dates below.

MC5 2022 Tour

May 5 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

May 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird

May 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

May 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

May 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

May 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club

May 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

May 15 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

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