Gettin' Iggy With It

Iggy Pop doesn't wait until a couple songs into the set to rip off his shirt. He comes out shirtless and then acts like an insane person for an hour, contorting his body, leaping onto amps, going into the audience and howling like a madman. Just watching him would make most people exhausted and this dude is 61 years old and seems like he could do it all day. Yeah, his skin looks like cheap leather but there's simply no denying that the man gets it done like few others when he's up on stage. When he starts barking you can see every muscle twitch, every vein bulge, every ripple of his skin. It's kind of gross, oddly hypnotic and more rock-and-roll than anything I've seen this year.

Iggy's antics alone would make a Stooges show plenty entertaining but there's also the little fact that the band played a set of some of the greatest rock songs ever written. It was heavy on songs from the band's self-titled 1969 debut and the next year's "Fun House," and "T.V. Eye" and "Loose" sounded just as powerful nearly 40 years later. Ron Asheton didn't move any muscles except those in his hands, which meant he still played his crushing power chords and blazing solos. Mike Watt looked like a man possessed on bass, although it was nothing compared to Iggy, of course.

After a half-hour of pounding rock Steve MacKay came out to add his free jazz-inspired saxophone to "1970" and "Fun House," adding both a weird and sinister touch to the onslaught. The band came back for a well-deserved encore, a smoking version of "Little Electric Chair," and left Stone Temple Pilots and Nine Inch Nails with the unenviable - and let's be honest, impossible - task of delivering a performance anywhere near as entertaining as the Stooges.


By David Malitz |  August 10, 2008; 5:58 PM ET Virgin Festival
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Excuse me, but...
"acts like an insane person?" "Acts?" Although I do think Iggy should do an early-morning exercise show on TV. That would be worth watching.

Posted by: baltova | August 10, 2008 8:25 PM

Iggy always puts on an insane show. Check out the iggy videos from voodoo performances at

Posted by: Andrew | August 11, 2008 11:04 AM

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