Run-DMC to reunite for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas
The trickiest act in hip-hop is back.
Seminal group Run-DMC is set to headline the Fun Fun Fun Fest this November in Austin, Texas, reuniting a full decade after disbanding.
The event will be the first time since 2002 that legends Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, both 48, will share the stage - including their 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"We couldn't be more excited. Run-DMC is one of our favorite bands, and one of the most influential groups of all-time," festival producer James Moody said. "We never thought that we would get to see [them] play live, much less play in Austin at our festival."
The trailblazing hip-hop act quit the game in 2002 after their DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell was killed at a Queens recording studio.
Marvin Thompson, brother of the late Jam Master Jay and co-founder and CEO of JMJ's Foundation for Youth, spoke with amNewYork on the reunion.
"I think it's great they're coming back together after all this time," said Thompson. "I haven't seen a Run-DMC performance in ten years. I only wish I could be there in the audience for it."
Fun Fun Fun Fest and Run-DMC will donate part of the money they make to Jay's JMJ Foundation for Music, a separate organization.