Iggy Pop gave a phone interview today on Australian radio to talk about the Stooges’ upcoming concert dates for Big Day Out 2011. In a conversation with Tom and Alex from Triple J Breakfast, Iggy said he’s “really looking forward to it.” He added, “Everybody I’ve heard that’s gonna be on it is just real high quality, so … it’s good company.” He also joked that Lindsay Lohan would be a perfect choice to play him if a biopic were ever to be made of his life. You can listen to the full interview here.
The Sydney, Australia concert sold out in just minutes today, prompting organizers to add a second performance date in that city. The second date in Sydney will be January 27th, and tickets for that date will go on sale on October 11th at 12:01 a.m at BigDayOut.com and 9 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.au (both at Sydney local time).
On Friday October 1st, Iggy Pop and Mike Watt joined the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles to pay tribute to Yoko Ono and celebrate in the days leading up to what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Iggy and Yoko rocked the house with “Waiting For The D Train.” Other guests included Perry Farrell, RZA, Carrie Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Vincent Gallo. Read more details about the show at the The Orange County Register.
Iggy and the Stooges have been confirmed to play at Big Day Out 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. The annual music festival includes more than 40 acts and runs between January 21st and February 6th. Tickets go on sale for Sydney on October 6th, for the Gold Coast on October 7th, and for Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on October 8th. The band is expected to play all dates. You can find more information about how to buy tickets at BigDayOut.com.
Iggy Pop was in Los Angeles on Saturday to show his support at PETA’s 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards. The event honored activists and celebrities who have worked with PETA to draw attention to animal rights issues. On the red carpet, Iggy spoke about how he became involved with the organization, and you can view what he had to say in the video below (at 16:42-17:40).
Gibson.com has ranked Ron Asheton’s solo on “Dirt” as one of the Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time. Listed at #46, Gibson says, “Asheton swabbed the record with psychedelic slime … Ron charges neck-first into the garage with a stinging attack some have compared to Coltrane.” The rankings are based on a poll of musicians and readers.
Iggy and the Stooges performed Friday night at Don Hill’s, a New York City club which played host to a party thrown by Pop magazine. The New York Observer reports that the band’s appearance was the “most buzzed-about event of Fashion’s Night Out” and “the Stooges were a revelation.” Others in attendance included Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Jeff Koons, Selma Blair, and Chloë Sevigny. Iggy told the crowd, “I think we’re all aware it’s Fashion Week in New York City. Just remember, fashion people, your pretty face is going to hell.”
In an interview with RollingStone.com, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch disclosed some details of the material that may be used to put together a new documentary about the Stooges. Jarmusch said he expects to work on the film over the next few years, and it will include original music, archive material, and portions from eight hours of interviews that Iggy provided to be used for the documentary. Jarmusch told the magazine, “It’s not an overview of Iggy Pop or his life or his career, but of course the Stooges are so important in the history of music, and certainly Iggy’s the engine of it.”
Iggy and the Stooges received awesome reviews of their show Friday night at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York. Billboard magazine called the Stooges the “pretty clear main attraction” and said the band gave an “explosive show.” RollingStone.com is featuring a video of the band’s opening, “Raw Power,” which you can watch below:
The Boston Globe reports that Iggy and the Stooges’ show at the House of Blues on Tuesday night was “as good a pairing of frontman and band as you can get.” The newspaper called the performance “genre-melting,” and “joyously chaotic yet deeply musical.” In another review, the Boston Herald said Iggy Pop “maintained focus while conjuring up the most chaotic and beautiful mess you could ever want.” Click to read the full reviews, and check out this fan video of “I Need Somebody” with flying mic stand:
Iggy Pop will perform at the We Are Plastic Ono Band concert on October 1st at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, joining the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and other guests including Nels Cline, Mike Watt, RZA, Perry Farrell, Carrie Fisher and Vincent Gallo. The concert is expected to be a West Coast reprise of Yoko Ono’s sold-out We Are Plastic Ono Band concerts in New York this past February. Plastic Ono Band currently includes Sean Lennon, Cornelius, and Yuka Honda. Tickets for the October 1st show can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
The Chicago Sun-Times has published a review of Iggy and the Stooges’ show at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, calling it an “aural blitzkrieg” that was “violent, briskly paced and brutally loud.” The band played 16 songs:
“Search and Destroy”
“Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”
“Beyond the Law”
“I Got a Right”
“I Wanna Be Your Dog”
“I Need Somebody”
“Open Up and Bleed”
Read the full review at SunTimes.com