Since first emerging in 1984, Run-DMC have been one of the most legendary and influential names in rap. Their self-titled debut became the first hip hop group to achieve a Gold certified record. Their follow-up went platinum as they helped to establish the iconography of hip hop and push it towards the mainstream.
Now, they are set to call it a day. It has been announced that Run-DMC will play one final concert as part of a Run-DMC is Over documentary celebrating their work and legacy. With the remaining crew now 58 and the late Jam Master Jay having passed away in 2002, the group have decided to call it a day.
Their final performance will go ahead at New York’s Madison Square Garden this spring. Daryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels told Rock the Bells: “Run-DMC is over. 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.”
The huge Beatles fan is going to reprise a counterculture ensemble for the last show. “The show is going to be like The Last Waltz by The Band,” he said. “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.”
He’s also hoping that the show will set up a nice retirement fund. “We’re gonna do it with Netflix or to the highest bidder. 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?” he joked.
No doubt, the show will also honour the group’s late beat maker who would’ve been 58 on January 21st. In a social media post, the band said: “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!”