Fellow musicians and fans are still mourning the loss of MC5 bassist Michael David, who passed away Friday (Feb. 17) after a lengthy battle with liver disease. Davis was a major force in the politically fierce and extremely influential protopunk band MC5, and fellow sonic revolutionaries are now speaking out about their former mate.

"Michael and I experienced so much together over our nearly fifty years of friendship. We shared great adventures when we were young and even had a few when we grew up," says Wayne Kramer, who played with Davis in the classic incarnation of MC5 and later when the group reunited in 2003. "Despite life's twists and turns, and there were many, we maintained our connection. I loved him dearly and told him so the last time we spoke."

Ted Nugent, whose former band Amboy Dukes were from the same area and similarly noted, said that "the MC5 were such a powerful musical/spirit force to reckon with, and so very influential to all who witnessed their might, that it is a sad day when half of their incredible rhythm section is gone. Michael was a dedicated musician and a good man. In our Motor City musical wind, he will always be alive and kickin' out the jams."