This years greatest surprise at Ruisrock
was that, as a substitute for Humble Pie, they had gotten hold of the
MC 5. Believe it or not, but only a week earlier the very same American
quintet were driven off stage in London, in the middle of their performance.
They got a lot of attention already
when they appeared on the festival area. Solosinger Rob Tyner, with
his dishevelled hair and his tighter-than-tight pants, and the guitarist,
Fred "Sonic" Smith in his pointy shoes, black ulster and a strawhat
taken straight from the 30īs, the rest of the crew was at least as wild
they didnīt need to be on stage for more than a couple of seconds before
everyone present had a hunch that something they had never seen or heard
before was awaiting. The MC 5 were on the move.
They had performed at Wembley in London
the week before at a mighty rock rave, where the biggest stars were
for example, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. People
had been throwing stones and empty beercans at them until a point where
they had to evacuate the stage, in the middle of the set.
Now they were heroes. All the kids on
the other side of the fence that separated them from the band tried
to be first to Tyner whoīs getting squeezed, as if it was Marc Bolan
or Elvis, and the cheers over their interrupted participation were both
long and stormy.
So, itīs not so strange that tyner prized
the Finnish audience as the best one theyīve had for years. In Ruissalo
they received his message, even though it every now and then rained
like the whole sky was falling down. Musik Fazerīs cathchphrase MC 5
were playing the right melody.
So, they were five. Besides the earlier
mentioned Tyner and Smith, thereīs the guitarist Wayne Kramer, the bassplayer
Mike Davis and the drummer Denny Thompson. They originally come from
the nesting ground of American heavy-music, the infamous district called
Ann Arbour in Detroit, and have been around for quite a while now.
In the beginning they played american
rock, coloured by jazz, but as their bread got thinner, they decided
to return to the well paved path of Chuck Berry & Co. Atlantic Lp "Back
In the USA" was a step for the better and the following opus "Free Time"
[sic] made their strong position in their hometown even stronger.
Right now, MC 5 is one of the hardest
bands in the original style rockīnīroll, even if the English people
might want to disagree. The quintet hammers their way into the listeners
consciousness like a freight-train, and Rob Tyner explodes with such
power that feeble-minded people risk getting terrified. No stage feels
I also asked Rob Tyner about the failed
Wembley-gig. He says the events occured due to some holigans rebellious
jangle that in no way had to do with MC 5īs music, but with something
completely else. For their reputations sake, it must be admitted that
even Little Richard himself was booed out from Wembley.
In Finland, and in Ruissalo in particular,
everything was fine, except the weather. Because of that, Rob said he
was sorry that they couldnīt stay here in the country and play more
places. But of course thereīs a new spring next year, and we look forward
to meet this speed quintet again.
Translation by: Yoda Hassinen - http://kiss.to/dollhouse
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