Iggy and the Stooges Show Their Raw Power During New York City Club Show
There are lead singers … and then there are frontmen. And it could be argued that the greatest frontman in a live setting is the godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop. Along with his iconic band the Stooges, Iggy wowed a crowd Sunday (April 28) at the small club (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City during a gig that was filmed for a live NPR stream.
Iggy and the Stooges showcased a handful of tunes from their new album, ‘Ready To Die,’ which comes out tomorrow (April 30). The songs, with titles such as ‘Gun,’ Job’ and ‘Burn,’ fit right in with the classic Stooges sound, and the new disc marks a big step up from the band’s 2007 comeback album ‘The Weirdness.’
Iggy Pop was in fine form, as the 66-year-old rocker captivated the lucky fans in attendance with a no-holds-barred 50-minute set that also featured classics like ‘Raw Power,’ ‘Gimme Danger’ and ‘1970.’ The gig saw Iggy spitting on himself, diving into the audience and soaking his body in water.
The veteran singer had some great banter with the audience, even singing a profane version of ‘Here Comes the Bride’ to a couple who asked the punk rock icon if he’d officiate their wedding.
Joining Iggy onstage were guitarist James Williamson, bassist Mike Watt, saxophonist Steve Mackay and drummer Larry Mullins filling in for original Stooges member Scott Asheton (who does play on the new album, though).
The night ended with Iggy inviting fans onstage, including yours truly, for the set closer ‘Fun House.’ It was an amazing experience that will be remembered by the fortunate few hundred in attendance.
Check out our photos of the gig below, followed by a link to watch the entire concert online. And don’t forget to pick up Iggy and the Stooges’ new album ‘Ready to Die’ at iTunes.
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