Run-DMC has announced their final concert which will coincide with a new documentary.
In a recent interview with Rock the Bells, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels revealed the iconic group will be closing the curtain on live performances with their last ever show at New York’s Madison Square Garden this spring.
“Run-DMC is over,” he said. “The only way Run-DMC gets back together is if The Beatles get back together. Can that happen?”
“The final show that we are ever going to do is going to be at Madison Square Garden in April,” DMC continued. “It’s going to be the last episode of the documentary we’re doing. Run-DMC’s last show ever. ‘Cause it’s time for Run to go be Paul McCartney and me to be John Lennon. We done did what we could do.”
DMC went onto tease appearances from fellow luminaries like Ice-T and the Wu-Tang Clan during the homecoming concert.
“The show is going to be like The Last Waltz by The Band,” he added. “We’re doing that movie idea. You’ll see Ice-T come and do a song with us. You’ll see Wu-Tang come do a song with us. Anybody can buy a ticket to the show.”
As for the documentary, DMC compared the upcoming project to Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s 2017 HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones and revealed plans to release it through Netflix — or the highest bidder — for a handsome fee.
“We’re gonna do it with Netflix or to the highest bidder,” he said. “It’s going to be a live production. Run-DMC’s doing The Last Waltz at Madison Square Garden. Who wants to pay $100 million to own it?”
Known for hits like “It’s Tricky” and “It’s Like That,” Run-DMC — comprised of Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell — first hit the scene in 1983 with the release of their self-titled album.
Increasing their audience base by tapping into rock music, matched with iconic style, the “new school” rappers quickly reached superstardom. In 2016, the trio were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, solidifying their mark on Hip Hop culture.
On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was killed at his Queens, Jamaica recording studio over an alleged botched cocaine deal. Last year, a judge denied a motion for the charges against the two suspects — Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Tinard Washington — to be dropped after they alleged foul play.
Jordan’s lawyers had accused federal prosecutors of deliberately waiting 12 years to charge the suspects in order to “hamstring the defense,” but their argument was rejected in court.
“The indictment is devoid of any facts underlying the charges, let alone any allegations connecting the 2002 murder with the 2016 conspiracy,” U.S. District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall said in a 17-page ruling, adding that “differences between the alleged conspiracies are apparent.”
Hall also disputed the notion that trying Jordan and Washington together would prejudice a jury.
On Saturday (January 21), the self-proclaimed Kings of Hip Hop took to Twitter to honor their late friend and group member on what would’ve been his 58th birthday.
“A contriver of style, flare and all things cool. The band, the sound, the glue,” their tweet read. “Happy birthday to our brother Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’ Mizell! #ripjmj #yojay ‘THE BEST DJ IN THE US OF A!!'”
A contriver of style, flare and all things cool. The band, the sound, the glue. Happy birthday to our brother Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’ Mizell! #ripjmj#yojay
“THE BEST DJ IN THE US OF A!!”
— RUN DMC (@OfficialRunDMC) January 21, 2023