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At first glance, Second Chance is an interesting title for a band that barely got a first chance. The criminal lore and notorious reputation that came with MC5’s rock ‘n’ roll infamy made it impossible for guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith to get a label to invest in his post-MC5 supergroup, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band. As it turns out, The Second Chance was a venue in Ann Arbor, Mich., where this incredible live show was taped on Feb. 22, 1977. As can be heard in the opening “Electrophonic Tonic,” both the fidelity and performance here sound noticeably better than on other SRB live recordings. By 1977, Smith and fellow guitar luminary Scott Morgan from The Rationals had locked into a palpable chemistry. Along with the supercharged rhythm section of The Stooges' Scott Asheton and The Up's Gary Rasmussen, SRB was often (and justifiably) likened to a leaner, meaner MC5. But listen closely to the aptly titled “Dangerous” and the closing epic “Empty Heart,” and you’ll hear how Asheton imported the feral energy that fueled The Stooges' raw power.


Formed: 1975 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

In the Midwest during the 1970s, you would be hard-pressed to find a rock group with a more impressive pedigree than Sonic's Rendezvous Band, which brought together members of four key bands from the fabled Detroit/Ann Arbor rock scene of the late '60s — Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5, Scott Morgan of the Rationals, Scott Asheton of the Stooges, and Gary Rasmussen of the Up. Among fans of high-energy Michigan rock, Sonic's Rendezvous Band would — with the passage of time — become...
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