MAD FOR IT!

Wayne Kramer's celebrity band rock London - but Bobby Gillespie's not mad enough to join in...

PRIMAL SCREAM’s BOBBY GILLESPIE and ANDREW INNES, SEX PISTOL GLEN MATLOCK, DJ and soundtrack writer DAVID HOLMES and producer JAGZ KOONER were last night (December 12) amongst the audience at the London debut of MAD FOR THE RACKET, the new band of ex-MC5 guitarist WAYNE KRAMER.

Joining Kramer onstage at Camden Dingwalls were ex-Damned man Brian James, Blondie drummer Clem Burke and ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani. However, despite repeated requests from Kramer, Bobby Gillespie declined to join them onstage for a show-closing cover of MC5 classic ‘Kick Out The Jams’. Primal Scream currently close their shows with the track. It was only the second time the line-up had played live, having performed at Whelans in Dublin the previous night. A show originally slated for late Autumn was postponed following the hospitalisation of Kramer.

Mani replaced ex-Guns N’ Roses man Duff McKagan, who played bass on Mad For The Racket’s current album ‘The Racketeers’. The band stuck resolutely to material from the album, covering only ‘Kick Out The Jams’.

The audience, keen to recapture some of the punk spirit of each of the band’s former groups, also included members of Super Furry Animals, Lightning Seeds and Campag Velocet’s Pete Voss.

Mad For The Racket plan to return for a more extensive UK tour in 2001.