Michael Davis, bass player in the late-’60s rock band MC5, died on February 17 in Chico, California, after being hospitalized for the past month with liver disease. He was 68. He’s the third member of the seminal band to pass away; singer Rob Tyner died in 1991, guitarist Fred Smith in 1994. The Motor City Five were known for incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a proto-punk sound and, in fact, were playing outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago before rioting stopped the concert. Writer Mike Rubin said in a 1991 Village Voice article that MC5’s influence “lives on in any heavy metal band from Motley Crue to Metallica.” After the band broke up in 1972, Davis (at right in photo) played in a kind of spin-off band called DKT-MC5 with former MC5 mates Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson.
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