Hip-hop’s greatest and most legendary group, Run-D.M.C. are reuniting to perform at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, the two surviving members of the group, will headline the main stage at the Austin, Texas festival, which runs from November 2nd to the 4th.
According to Rolling Stone, the hip-hop trailblazers will reunite for the first time in over a decade. The festival’s producer James Moody expressed his excitement in a statement, saying:
“Run-D.M.C. is one of our favorite bands, and one of the most influential groups of all time… We never thought that we would get to see [them] play live, much less play in Austin at our festival.”
The festival will mark the first time time Run-D.M.C. has performed together since the early 2000s. The group suffered a terrible loss in 2002 when DJ and producer Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell was shot and killed. The group’s reunion will, in some way, honor Jay’s life. Fun Fun Fun Fest is working with Run-D.M.C. to donate a portion of the proceeds to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which helps provide children and young adults with access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status.
Other bands that have been announced to play include Atlas Round, Rakim, Against Me!, The Head and the Heart, Danny Brown, Bob Mould and many more. The full lineup will be revealed in a couple of days.
Check out the cool video announcement below:
What do you think? Would you like to see Run-D.M.C. live?