Friday, May 3, 2019

REMEMBERING MC5 MENTOR RUSS GIBB


Uncle Russ was a man of many talents. A school teacher, a disc jockey, and most important of all, a gutsy entrepreneur.

He had the spit to deal with the police, the fire department, the landlord, the police, but most of all, the MC5.

No Uncle Russ no Grande Ballroom.


His most invaluable pioneering work in the Detroit Rock and Roll scene established Detroit as a rock and roll Mecca. He dutifully helped catapult many rock and roll careers. Especially mine.

 Will forever remember him as a wonderful man to work with, but most of all a great friend and confidante. He was a rock and roll father figure who earned the respect and the gratitude of every band he ever worked with.

That list is a mile long.

He will forever have a place in my heart. 
Thank you, Uncle Russ...

Monday, April 8, 2019

MACHINEGUN'S VAULT: MGT - RON ASHETON - DENIZ TEK: NEW RACE 1982 TOUR PHOTOS



Read More About New Race Here:

THE NEW RACE: DENIZ TEK & DENNIS THOMPSON

THE I 94 BARMAN NEW RACE THE FIRST AND THE LAST

NEW RACE ONSTAGE PHOTOS











MACHINEGUN'S VAULT: DODGE MAIN BENEFIT CONCERT REHEARSAL PHOTOS


The “Heart of Detroit” concert event was promoted by yours truly and produced by Scott Campbell, along with Jim Edwards as Logistics/Operations and a few other prime movers. We did succeed in raising $30,000 for Greasy’s med bills.

Yeah! That felt really good.

Read Machinegun's Post DODGE MAIN THE HEART OF DETROIT












Saturday, April 6, 2019

MACHINEGUN'S DRUMMING TIPS AND MC5 HISTORY


For every drummer that has a unique style, odds are high they have studied many other drummer's styles.

We borrow (steal) beats and moves we like. Just about every rock drummer, as in every other discipline, the study of your peers is very important. In my case, I had to practice in the woodshed until I was blue in the face.

I highly recommend learning the 40 basic drum rudiments by playing along to your fave tunes (try it with headphones on). I had to stop doing the double stroke roll and fashion a new approach based on the single stroke roll, like The Who's drummer, Keith Moon.

The guys in the MC5 were using Marshall, Super Beatle, and Sun amps each pumping out 200 watts. (LOUD) In the early days, if I played traditional grip, I was not heard. Not miked so it was so hard to be heard with the guitars played on ten-volume.

 Rob Tyner (RIP) and MGT

So what did I do? Take a guess.

I had to play the hardest of any drummer of the day just to be heard.
Had to teach myself to play match grip. On every fill-in on the snare drum, I had to hit rim shots. This was not easy.

Breaking 5B's, 2B's and eventually 2S drumsticks was normal for me!

When playing at the Grande, Bro Jesse Crawford kneeled behind me. His job was to immediately hand me a 5B drumstick every time I broke one (normally 5 to 7 sticks per show). Watch "MC5 at Tartar Field Ramblin' Rose". I break four stix on that one song.


Breaking snare drum rims, bass drum pedals, all the cymbals, and every size drum head, not to mention knocking over all of the cymbal stands would piss me off. So, when I was angry I would fire a drumstick out into the crowd or into Rob Tyner's back. Especially whenever he would let "Looking At You" play on and on for what seemed forever... Poor me!

Flying stick!

Dangerous stuff that. Thank goodness I never hurt someone. Most likely because everyone's eyes were glued to the stage.

I developed very severe callouses on both hands, especially my left hand. Some of you drummers know exactly what I mean. Then came the blood blisters. Talk about pain? The blisters would form again, on top of the blood blisters and callouses.

The next night on stage the puffed-up water blisters would explode again, leaving the painful tenderized skin raw. Super glue and medical tape and gauze became my best friend. It was miserable...

So next I tried poppin' the blisters a couple days before a show. Didn't work either. Damn, damn, damn the MC5!! I'm going back to college! Screw this s***!!

Oh, did I forget to mention losing 5 to 7 pounds per show, and consequently earning the world title as the hardest-workin' drummer on this planet? Honest.

The upshot?

My Ludwig Marine Oyster Kit

Ron Levine, my friend, and group stagehand secured an endorsement deal for me as a frontline consultant for the Ludwig Drum Co. Ludwig recruited me to help William Ludwig Jr. on a project to beef up of all of the drum kit hardware. Cymbal stands, snare and hi-hat stands, and thrones.

See the photo for the first heavy-duty Ludwig kit we designed..Of course they gave me the kit!

KOTJ FOREVER!!!
Excelsior
MGT

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019: THE GREAT AWAKENING IS HERE!


It is now TIME TO TESTIFY. Share with your friends and family what we know concerning all the hate speech and misinformation pushed at us from the mainstream media. They are doing their level best to keep Americans plodding along with the status quo.

There are all kinds of movements to change the American Government, eliminate Monsanto, Big Pharma, and provide a much better life for our children and grandchildren in the future years.

This post, hopefully, will help enlighten you. Ultimately we all can join together and become part of a new galactic community of peace and brother (sister) hood.

My research is neither RED nor BLUE. To me, this really is about finding alternative knowledge and shedding light on the propaganda Americans have endured for eternity. As well as using the new technology available now but withheld for nefarious purposes. For example, we have had the ability to provide free energy for everyone, yet it has been blocked by those in control of the petrodollar.

Back in 1968 many of us were in the vanguard of the revolution against the war in Vietnam. We had to develop new techniques for alternative information gathering and dissemination. Underground newspapers, protest songs, and pirate radio stations were our main source for truth and information.

Eventually, we succeeded in stopping that insane war.  50 YEARS later we still have endless wars foisted upon us. But on the plus side, we have Social Networking, Forums, and YouTube to find the information the main media denies us.

So..let's get on with it..

So I am going to drop some tidbits of what I have been researching these past few years. If you're curious (as we were), start with these sites on Youtube.

These videos are a must watch:

Dr. Steven Greer—Go for the two-hour videos and we suggest you watch it entirely

Dr. Judy Wood—9/11

Paul Hellyer-Ex-Defense Secretary of Canada

David Wilcock, Corey Good, Emery Smith, Linda Moulton Howe.

Unacknowledged—A movie now available on Netflix

This is just the beginning, stay tuned. -MGT

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SIRIUS TRIXON AND THE MOTOR CITY BAD BOYS!


Sirius Trixon and the Motor City Bad Boys were billed as “legendary,” and one has to admit that anyone who can come up with a name like that deserves some sort of place in rock‐and‐roll annals. NY Times read more




Band Line Up (during MGT's time)
Legendary Sirius Trixon/Singer Promoter/Public Relations Extraordinaire
Glenn Dean Lead Guitar
Phil Carlisi Rhythm Guitar 
Rikki St James (rip) Bass
Dennis Thompson Drums
Jim Jam Cigarettes, mirror shades, black leather motorcycle jacket 

Joey Ramone Ron Asheton Trixon and Fred Sonic Smith








Singles:
“Bad Boys Gang” / “Out On The Streets” (Caravan) 1970's
“Shirley Tell Us The News” / “Big Time Bum” (Caravan) 1970’s
“Hollywood Queen” / “Teenage Hangout” (Caravan) 1970’s
“Johnny B. Bad” / “Stop In The Name Of The Law” (Caravan) 1970's
“Loud ‘N’ Clear” / “Innocent Curls” (Caravan) 1970’s


Glenn Dean Dennis Thompson and Rikki St James


Infamous Pink Cadillac Drum Riser


Gigography
07/01/77 Max’s Kansas City, New York
08/01/77 Max’s Kansas City, New York
08/07/77 Copperfields, New York
09/07/77 Copperfields, New York
05/08/77 Max’s Kansas City, New York
12/08/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
13/08/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
14/08/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
09/09/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
10/09/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
11/09/77 Great Gildersleeves, New York
01/11/77 CBGB’s, New York
02/11/77 CBGB’s, New York
28/11/77 Second Chance, Ann Arbor
26/05/78 Great Gildersleeves, New York
27/05/78 Great Gildersleeves, New York
02/06/78 Max’s Kansas City, New York
03/06/78 Max’s Kansas City, New York










All Photos from Dennis Thompson Private Collection
Some Photos are courtesy S. Rynski Photography
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