Iggy and the Stooges' new album, Ready To Die, will arrive in stores on April 30th, and the reviews are starting to come in! Read some of this rock & roll goodness:
The singing Stooge nabs another with this robust studio resurrection of his alliance with guitarist James Williamson, the axis behind the Stooges' 1973 lethal-glam classic, Raw Power, and the battered jewels on the 1977 Pop-Williamson set, Kill City. Iggy is, as you can tell, in blunt fuck-you and just-try-to-kill-me form. - Rolling Stone
This is indeed a fine and worthwhile album. Somehow retaining the rough-edged innocence of its predecessor, the result is both unrefined and dirty, harbouring a clear desire to provoke. ... The band set out to recapture the spirit of ’73 and have embraced that ethos with an admirable interpretation of where they should have gone next and therefore essentially have. ... A time-bridging release that stands as an essential and timely reminder of just how rock ‘n’ roll ought to be played. - Clash Music
Iggy and the Stooges have added another date to their tour -- the Lokerse Festival on August 3rd in Lokeren, Belgium! You can find more information at Lokersefeesten.be, and purchase tickets at Tickoweb.be.
Iggy Pop knows that the new Stooges album, Ready to Die, is unlikely to compete with Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift at the handful of record stores that still exist. "I didn't do this expecting to make money out of it," he tells Rolling Stone. "It's a lot of work, but I felt it was something that had to be done. This is my teenage dream, having a band that makes records and plays gigs. That's still the glory of it, and I wanted to honor the institution and honor the group."
Read more at Rolling Stone.
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Iggy and the Stooges are expanding their tour into two more cities. On June 20th, the band will play the Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre in London, which is being curated this year by Yoko Ono. Tickets will go on sale for Southbank Centre members at 10 a.m. local time on April 9th, while the general on sale will begin at 10 a.m. local time on April 11th. More information is available at SouthbankCentre.co.uk.
On June 22, Iggy and the Stooges will perform at Areál TJ Slezan in Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic. Tickets can be purchased at Eventim.cz.
In 1973, when older fans first heard Iggy Pop claim he was “a street-walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm” during "Search and Destroy," they probably thought he was little more than a rock'n'roll livewire with a striking way with words.
Forty years later, the way he continues to perform suggests there might have been some truth to the lyric. With mere blood pumping through his veins, how else could a man who is 66 this month spend a scorching rock show thrashing around a stage and regularly diving off it and still finish up prancing and skipping as though he had just been warming up?
Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald.
From Take 40: Last night’s show was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. It was magical. So much energy. Iggy was fantastic – from a distance he actually looked like he does in all that old footage of the Stooges circa 1973. James Williamson’s guitar sound still sounds as unique and incredible as ever. They are a force.Read more at Take 40.
With a casual gesture he raised a sea of hands; with a campy sneer he drew rapturous cheers; with a twitchy contortion he pulled a packed Festival Hall to its feet.
Iggy Pop's battered but buff physique shows every one of his 65 years. But your grandad never commanded a crowd like this Pop does. Anyone brave enough to open for The Stooges?
... James Williamson made enough guitar racket for any three mere mortals. Minutemen legend Mike Watt crouched over his bass, intent and focused. Toby Dammit was rolling thunder behind the drums.
Iggy, overshadowing his band, a comically hyperactive frontman, was a straight up menace for the entire show. Security was aghast when he invited a couple of dozen people to join him on stage to dance through Fun House.
Read more at The Age.