Run-DMC will be reuniting for their first show together in more than 10 years. The legendary rhyme giants will headline the Fun Fun Fun Fest this fall, which is being billed as a showcase for rap, metal, alternative rock and comedy acts.
The Hollis Queens, New York act, which consists of surviving members Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, will be performing some of their biggest classics at the November 2-4 event. It will be the first performance for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers since the tragic shooting death of DJ and producer Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell at his Queens recording studio.
Run-DMC officially disbanded after their beloved member’s still unsolved murder in 2002. Fun Fun Fun Fest producer James Moody is ecstatic over the group’s upcoming appearance.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” he told AllHipHop. “Run-DMC is one of our favorite bands, and one of the most influential groups of all-time – that we never thought that we would get to see play live, much less play in Austin at our festival. This is as big as it gets and we are so proud to be working with them.”
The performance will also serve as a tribute to Jam Master Jay as a portion of proceeds from the set will be given to the JMJ Foundation for Music. Run-DMC stands as one of hip-hop’s most influential acts. They were the first hip-hop act to go platinum and multi-platinum with such landmark albums as their self-titled debut (1984), King of Rock (1985) and their game-changing global smash Raising Hell (1986).
Other artists scheduled to perform at the Fun Fun Fun Fest include Rakim, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starf*cker, Danny Brown, Atlas Sound and others. Find out more about the festival here. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local