Wayne Kramer, MC 50, MC 5, photo by Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin Photo Column—MC50, Wayne Kramer

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If you know me well, you know that MC5 is a very important band to me. I’m tellin’ you, it’s serious business. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I found out that I’d won a pair of tickets to see them at The Teragram (one of my favorite venues—intimate, and you just can’t beat their sound and lighting).

This show was so special to me, that I made the hard decision not to bring my professional camera. I didn’t want to take my eyes or attention away from the band for a second. In a way, I’m kind of glad I didn’t bring it, because, honestly, this was one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve ever seen in my life (and you know I’ve seen zillions of shows).

I stood right in front of my hero Wayne Kramer, and I soaked up every damn second of that show. I was showered with Wayne’s sweat, I got to watch him play his iconic guitar up-close, and almost wanted to scream like a Beatles fan in ’64 when he did his famous “4-point hop and turn” during that red-hot set! I’ve seen Wayne Kramer play solo shows in the past, and they were always great, but this night was all about those iconic MC5 songs! And BTW: they could not have chosen a better lead singer to take Rob Tyner’s place—Marcus Durant was on point—absolutely phenomenal!

I hate to break the bad news to you, but if you missed these 50th anniversary shows, you really blew it.