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Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

Hear proto-punk band perform at New York City's (le) Poisson Rouge presented by Soundcheck and NPR Music.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 09:00 AM

Iggy and the Stooges perform live at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York on Sunday April 28, 2013. Iggy and the Stooges perform live at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York on Sunday April 28, 2013. (Ryan Muir for NPR)

Language Advisory: This was a live event, and therefore unpredictable.

If your idea of fun is having a leathery, shirtless, 66-year-old man sweat on you, then you needed to be near the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge for Iggy Pop's afternoon public-radio showcase on April 28 with his band The Stooges.

And if that's not your idea of fun, then you really, really need to see Iggy Pop perform live, and soon.

Iggy & The Stooges played a mix of new songs from Ready To Die, as well as a handful of old favorites. If you weren't an Iggy Pop fan, you might have had trouble telling them apart, which is a pretty strong compliment for those new songs. Loud, fast, snotty and fun, the band ran through the proto-punk of "Raw Power" and "Fun House" as easily as it played new material like "Ready to Die" and "Job."

About that band: Original bassist Ron Asheton died a few years back, but Mike Watt, formerly of The Minutemen, is a great replacement. Scott Asheton is on the new disc, but Larry Mullins is the band's touring drummer. Steve Mackey plays sax, and James Williamson has reunited with Iggy Pop after many years to play guitar. I've seen numerous accounts in the press that say it's the first time Williamson and Pop have worked together in 40 years, since 1973's Raw Power, but that's not accurate. They played together on Kill City later in the '70s, as well as New Values in the early '80s, but it's been a while regardless.

Either way, the reunion is clearly working: One of the high points of this concert, a new ballad called "The Departed," features Williamson on slide guitar and Iggy Pop apparently singing about the late Ron Asheton. At the end of the song, Pop teased the crowd by singing, "Now I wanna..." a couple of times — finally pointing the microphone at the audience, which duly replied with "be your dog." It was just one instance of Iggy Pop working the crowd; I think he might have tried to marry a couple at the foot of the LPR stage at one point, singing them a NSFW version of the wedding march.

And, of course, Iggy Pop professed his gratitude to public radio on stage — in the process making sure that his stage banter and several of his songs would never make it onto the radio, public or otherwise. "Sex and death," he told us, were the themes of a major part of the show. But fun — irreverent, youthful, sometimes dangerous fun — is and always has been the focus of Iggy Pop's career.


Set List:

  • "Gun"
  • "Job"
  • "Burn"
  • "Ready To Die"
  • "Raw Power"
  • "Gimme Danger"
  • "Sex And Money"
  • "Pretty Face"
  • "The Departed"
  • "1970"
  • "Fun House"


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Comments [11]

pat la feline from Paris Fance

Iggy Pop offered a unreleased track from 69 to a French rock and roll band "Demi Mondaine"
Issue June 2013
More info here :

Jun. 11 2013 09:50 AM
Johnny Pop from NY

Short but stellar set from the best performer in Rock today!

Apr. 29 2013 03:40 PM
Anna Key from london

Brilliant !!!

Apr. 29 2013 07:24 AM
Candy from Ypsilanti, Michigan

Still got it!

Apr. 28 2013 06:50 PM
Pat Moriarity from Port Orchard, WA

Iggy and the Stooges continue to rule.

Apr. 28 2013 06:19 PM
The Chadster from Philly


Apr. 28 2013 05:58 PM

¿Ya terminó?¿No hay bises? /// That´s all? No encore???

Apr. 28 2013 05:58 PM
Pablo from Argentina

Excelente recital!!!

Apr. 28 2013 05:43 PM
Al from Long Beach, CA

Iggy still delivers the goods. This is a top notch band!

Apr. 28 2013 05:21 PM
seasickfish from hamburg, germany

where should I click to see the video?

Apr. 28 2013 04:55 PM
Jen Spinello from Brooklyn, NY

Anyone have tickets for Iggy at Le Poisson Rouge??? I'd pay $$$$$ for them!

Apr. 28 2013 04:41 AM

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