The MC5 announce first album in over 50 years, American tour

Wayne Kramer of MC5 performs onstage during the second annual Rock for Recovery benefit concert at The Fonda Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Proto-punk electric guitar legend Wayne Kramer announced today that he's taking his band, the MC5, back on the road.

Additionally, Kramer revealed that a new MC5 album called Heavy Lifting – the first credited to the band since 1971's High Time – is scheduled for release via earMUSIC this October.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.