Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, the surviving members of the legendary Run-D.M.C., are set to perform at the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest from November 2-4th in Austin, Texas.
The performance will mark the first time that the group performs since disbanding in 2002 after member Jam Master Jay, real name Jason Mizell, was murdered in a Jamaica, Queens recording studio.
Keeping his spirit alive, Run-D.M.C. will be tearing through their classic hits. D.M.C. will also be performing a set during the festival with his live band, as they preview tracks off his new solo album.
“We couldn’t be more excited. 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,” said festival producer James Moody in a press release sent to XXLMag.com. “This is as big as it gets and we are so proud to be working with them.”
The festival’s organizers are working with the Jam Master Jay foundation, or JMJ Foundation for Music, to donate a part of the show’s proceeds to the organization.
Of course, Run-D.M.C. is considered hip-hop royalty of the highest form. From splashing onto the scene with their self-titled LP, Run-D.M.C. in 1984 to following up with the iconic King of Rock and Raising Hell albums in 1985 and 1986, respectively. In addition to rap pioneers, the legendary trio were fashion icons for their bucket hats, gold rope chains and Adidas, the sneakers they popularized and put into hip-hop lore with their 1986 single, “My Adidas.”—Mark Lelinwalla