Soundgarden Guitarist Joining Kick Out The Jams Anniversary Tour

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil will join the lineup of musicians appearing on the Kick Out The Jams 50th Anniversary Tour, a 35-date trek commemorating the landmark anniversary of the debut album from legendary Detroit political punk act The MC5. The tour is being spearheaded by founding MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, who has also recruited Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Doug Pinnick and others in addition to Thayil for the trek.

Thayil told us a while back that he and his fellow Seattle musicians were influenced in their early days by both heavy rock and punk: [“I turned 17 around the time that the Sex Pistols were getting a lot of news. It was perfect. I’d been playing guitar for a year or two, so my background of Sabbath and Kiss all of a sudden starts moving towards the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. And that kind of says not just where I came from, but I think it’s a good blueprint of where the Seattle music scene came from.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . scene came from.)

  • The North American leg of the tour begins in early September and closes out on October 27th in Detroit, where The MC5 was from and first came to national prominence. The full schedule will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.
  • Kramer and the band will play the album Kick Out The Jams in its entirety followed by an encore of MC5 material that will change each night. Kramer said about the musicians he’s assembled, “This band will rip your head off. It’s real, raw, sweaty, total energy rock and roll.”
  • Kramer is also publishing a memoir titled The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities.
  • Kim Thayil has kept a low profile since the death last May of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, which effectively ended the band.