When Wayne Kramer, Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson and Michael Davis, at the time the three surviving members of Detroit proto-punks MC5, went out on tour as DKT/MC5 in 2004, some fans raised their eyebrows at the use of the hallowed name, regardless of the “DKT” addition. That band, with a rotating lineup of second guitarists and frontmen, was more often than not a thrilling live proposition, yet the mere fact that they were daring to use the MC5 name annoyed many. So what will those naysayers make of Kramer going out with members of Soundgarden, Faith No More, Fugazi and Zen Guerrilla as MC50? Davis is sadly no longer with us, and Thompson has apparently decided to stay out of it, so expect insults to fly. But Kramer won’t care — this is a celebration, not a reunion.
MC50 play with Porcupine at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27 at the Teragram Ballroom.