Watch Iggy and the Stooges performing their full concert at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on April 2, 2013, filmed exclusively by Moshcam. Full concert playlist here.
"Why don't you come up here on stage and dance with the fucking Stooges!" Iggy Pop declared early on in the show. At his request, fans vaulted over barricades to join the Godfather and his merry men, The Stooges, on stage for the rowdy classic "Fun House." This old-school punk party has truly begun.
Engulfed by the crowd and chaos, the band brought the fun and the fury, setting the tone for an electrifying night out at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. Along with cuts from latest album Ready To Die, the punk powerhouse tore through their coveted back catalog including defining moments like "No Fun," "I Want To Be Your Dog" and "Search and Destroy."
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Something to look forward to. This show will go out to you Friday.
Iggy Pop spoke to The Associated Press about getting better with age and the possibility of more Stooges in the 21st century:
AP: Do you think there will be more Stooges music down the road?
Pop: You know that’s a good question. By the time I got done with this one, I been in the mood like, ‘Oh, f---, am I glad that’s over with. Let’s get this thing out.’ But that’s also the tension of a modern marketing plan. They start rattling my cage and hassling me like two months before the thing comes out. ... So right now I think there’s a very good chance we could.
AP: You had a reputation for high-energy shows during the first go-round with the Stooges. Is it more difficult to perform to that standard now?
Pop: My personal ability to project physical energy probably didn’t peak until only about six years ago, seven years ago. It was in my mid- to late 50s and that’s because when I was younger I didn’t work at it at all. Also the big difference was I was a little ahead of my time, seems to be the general rap on me, and so I didn’t get the audience feedback then. It’s really hard. You can come out and bust ass and keep that up for about three songs, but if a bunch of people are just giving you the cold stare, it gets hard to sort of not to wither. So it was kind of like fighting skirmishes. I would skirmish and regroup, skirmish and regroup. But later as people started to accept it more ... I would go to bed early, take my nap, sleep all day, rehearse really hard, and really, really get ready for that moment on stage. And then I bust a move and go home that night, and go ouch!!
Read more at The Washington Post.
Photo credit: Dan Hallman/Invision/AP
This track was fun and now it's coming out. "Let's Boot and Rally," recorded by Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino, will be included on True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4, available May 28th. Full track listing:
1) "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis
2) "Let's Boot and Rally" – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino
3) "What Makes a Good Man?" – the Heavy
4) "Smokestack Lightnin'" – Howlin' Wolf
5) "Pocket Change" – Alabama Shakes
6) "Authority Song" – Bosco Delrey
7) "Turn Turn Turn" – My Morning Jacket
8) "Your Face Can Tell the Future" – the Flaming Lips
9) "The Sun" – the Naked and Famous
10) "Undertow" – Warpaint
11) "I Wanna Be Your Man" – Mobley
12) "(She's a) Wanderer" – Deap Vally
13) "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" – Koko Taylor
14) "We'll Meet Again" – Los Lobos
Iggy and the Stooges released their new album Ready to Die this week, and Iggy Pop recently spoke with NPR about living life over the edge, why so many fans come around to The Stooges late, and what happens when people disappear.
At this point, is it a point of pride that The Stooges won't make money from the record?
"No, baby, here's the way it works: We make an album; everybody complains for the first five years. And after about 10 years, people start saying, 'Hey, you know, that's pretty good.' The money kicks in about 20 years later.
"In the mid-'90s, The Stooges and Fun House turned over into the black, and all the band members who survived started getting checks. And then a little later, the same happened to Raw Power. Little by little, that old band has defeated a lot of our shag-haired, frilly-vest-wearing crapola, corporate rock gods and goddesses of the '60s and '70s. The problem now, of course, is do I have 30 years to wait for royalties for this record? [Laughs.] See, because I'm 66. I think people need to hurry up and buy a record."
Listen to the Iggy Pop interview at NPR.
In April 2011, Iggy Pop curated a massive concert to honor the late Stooges guitarist and bassist Ron Asheton in Asheton's hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of the night's highlights came when Henry Rollins joined the Stooges for "I Got a Right," and the former Black Flag frontman filled in for Iggy Pop and lent his fury to the thrashing track. The Ron Asheton Tribute Concert will be released on DVD on June 4th.
Read more at Rolling Stone.
Get ready, Texas! Iggy and the Stooges will play the Free Press Summer Festival in Houston on June 1st, confirming the date of their performance at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Passes are on sale now at FPSF.com.
James Williamson talked to HitFix about producing Iggy and the Stooges' new album, Ready To Die, and what it's like to work with Iggy Pop and the band. Here's part of the interview.
What’s the key to producing Iggy Pop?
(laughs) That’s a trade secret. No, you just gotta be patient and Iggy is actually a pro, in a way. I mean, he’s made a lot of albums, he knows what works for him and what doesn’t work for him and I guess I learned in “Soldier” to try to be a little more flexible with him and to basically let him be the boss of his vocals. I’m very respectful of his ideas about his vocals. That said, I also want to make sure we got the best sound we could out of him so I put what I consider to be the best vocal mic around; it’s a Brauner VM1, So I made sure we used that on almost everything and the rest was up to him. He stepped up and did his vocals.
You joined the band again in 2009. What is it like for you to be on stage with Iggy again?
Ah, it’s fun. It’s always been unpredictable. This is not an act. We’re kind of improvising on the run. We have a set that we do, of course, and the musicians are playing the numbers, but he’ll basically do anything to get over with the audience. I think there’s probably no other man or human alive that can even imagine doing some of the things that he’ll do. Being up there with him is really cool, but you gotta pay attention because first of all everything’s going fast and furious. If you lose concentration you’re screwed. Secondly he throws those mike stands all over the place and so occasionally, you might need to get out of the way pretty quick. I’ve actually been hit by one once, but luckily it was deflected off my guitar.
Read the complete James Williamson interview at HitFix.
Iggy and the Stooges' new album Ready To Die is in stores now and it's getting great reviews. And just for good measure, those of us who talk the talk and walk the walk read Pitchfork for a laugh so here it is too.
Initial standouts on Ready to Die include “Sex & Money,” led by a wall of Williamson’s guitars and Mackay’s greasy, funky horn riffs; and the raucous “Job,” replete with its kiss-off lyric, “I don't wanna talk to my coworkers/I think they're a bunch of dumb c***-jerkers.” Iggy (James Osterberg) Pop may have just turned 66, but he remains as impulsive and outspoken as ever, bless his soul. - AnnArbor.com
It’s the Stooges sound that carries the album: Mr. Williamson’s riffs, guitars and old-school production. The beat has the muscle and fluctuations of a live rhythm section. The rhythm and lead guitars keep a distorted edge and they grapple and claw their way through the songs, affirming that the Stooges were as much post-Rolling Stones as pre-punk. ... Iggy and the Stooges know they aren’t wild kids anymore, but they’re not going away quietly. - The New York Times
It’s classic “Raw Power”-era Stooges from the get-go on “Burn,” a heavy-duty groove that kicks off the collection. And there’s no letup for the next several tunes, including “Gun,” which skewers a violent culture that just might lead its lone-wolf protagonist astray. ... Even after more than four decades, Iggy doesn’t go down easy -- in all senses of the phrase. But the man and his band have some things worth saying before the cosmic end of the tour. - The Washington Post
Iggy's delivery is too wry to exude rage, the songs rarely rise above a mid-tempo chug, and Mackay's jovial sax blurts are way more roadhouse than Funhouse. But, unlike The Weirdness, the palpable lack of menace feels intentional, and more true to a band that, in the wake of Asheton’s death and their own advancing ages, has good reason to question its own mortality.
Iggy and the Stooges played an exclusive concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on April 28th, performing songs from their new album Ready To Die plus classics like "Raw Power" and "Gimme Danger." The show was broadcast live, and you can now watch the full concert video at NPR.org. Also check out these concert reviews from Loudwire and Flavorwire, which wrote:
It’s a reminder of how real art transcends time and fashion, and it feels like a celebration of a career that’s pretty much defined everything that’s great about rock ‘n’ roll. Long may they prosper.
Did you catch Iggy and the Stooges on last night's The Colbert Report? The full episode is now available at ColbertNation.com. Watch Iggy's interview with Stephen Colbert plus the band's full performances of "Job" and the web exclusive "Burn" from 13:25 to 25:40 in the video.