The Evolution Festival is proud to announce that the legendary Iggy and the Stooges will headline its show on Saturday May 28th in Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, England, during Bank Holiday Weekend. The band’s “raw power and incendiary live performances are the stuff of rock n’ roll legend,” Evolution said in a statement. “Iggy Pop is a genuine musical icon and an influential innovator of rock n roll so expect Iggy and the Stooges sound to reverberate all over the North East.”
“I’ve always liked the north. I like the bands too. I’m ready to get down and rave like a Geordie. I’m really happy we get a chance to play at Evolution. We are all deranged spitfires. Do you wanna dance?” – Iggy Pop
“It’s a testament to the growing international profile of Evolution that we are able to secure and announce our 2011 headliners so early. Iggy and The Stooges will own the mainstage on the Saturday night – Iggy’s unparalleled energy makes him one of the finest front men ever to grace the stage and the North East is in for a real treat with this headline performance.” – Jim Mawdsley and Dave Stone, Evolution Promoters
To buy tickets, please visit the official Evolution Festival website. Plan B will headline the second night of the festival on Sunday May 29th. Ticket info: £35 +bf for the weekend / £25 + bf day ticket .
In a rave review of The Stooges’ Raw Power Deluxe Edition, the Associated Press writes that “there is nothing that sounds like … ‘Raw Power,'” and “this reissue is a classic effort with The Stooges at their raw and powerful best.” The AP adds, “No variation in the mix “can tame such classics as ‘Search and Destroy,’ ‘Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell,’ ‘Penetration’ or the title track, and ‘Gimme Danger’ may be the toughest song ever built around an acoustic guitar.”
“Have Some Fun: Live At Ungano’s” is in stores today, featuring Iggy and the Stooges playing in concert on August 17, 1970. The album captures the Stooges performing the entire “Fun House” album except for “L.A. Blues,” along with the previously unreleased tracks “Have Some Fun” and “My Dream Is Dead.” The 8-song set is accompanied by a poster, reproductions of two glossy photos from the concert, and new liner notes by Lenny Kaye. You can find more information about the album at Rhino.com.
The Complete Funhouse Sessions, which showcases more than 7 hours of recording sessions that went into the making of The Stooges’ Fun House album, has been re-released today! The boxed set includes every take from every Fun House session, remastered, in order, with all the music, false starts, jokes, and equipment hum. Of the 142 tracks, all but nine were previously unreleased, with 109 containing music and 33 containing studio dialogue. The set includes 7 CDs and a poster that features the original unretouched band photographs from both the front and back album cover. More information is available at Rhino.com.
You can watch a new video teaser of Iggy Pop from Andrew Zuckerman’s “Music” book, film, and iPad app project. During the video, Iggy explains how he developed his groundbreaking performance style.
Andrew Zuckerman has released “Music,” a book, film, and iPad app produced in collaboration with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The “Music” project features dynamic portraits and interviews with extraordinary musicians who provide their perspectives on one of the most universal and yet unexplainable art forms. The book contains portraits and edited interviews for each musician; it also includes the feature film, an exploration of the themes of music, inspiration, performance, collaboration, and success. The iPad app features all the portraits and text from the book, but the text is sharable as well as self-editable into the same themes. It also features individual films for each of the musicians and links directly to their pages on iTunes.
See teaser no1., next one next week.
In an interview with BlogCritics.org, Stooges guitarist James Williamson talked about the reissue of “Kill City” and his work as part of The Stooges. He said, “When I first met Iggy, actually, I had my guitar with me and played him one of my songs. And I think that stuck with him. The trouble with it is that style, it works for me, but it’s difficult to work with a band … It was only the Stooges who saw the possibilities in that. I really have to hand it to Iggy because it was only Iggy who could make enough sense out of it to help me mold it into a song that he could actually sing and it had a structure.” Read more at BlogCritics.org.
The current issue of NME includes The Stooges’ first album as one of the Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time. The magazine issue comes out on Wednesday, November 3rd. You can get a preview and vote for the album at NME.com!
The film documentary “Music,” which features interviews with 50 influential musicians, composers and producers, including Iggy Pop, will be shown at this year’s CMG Film Festival on Friday, October 22nd. The Andrew Zuckerman film looks at the impact of the artists’ music and their perspectives on life. You can find more information about the screening at CMJ2010.com. Iggy is included at the end of the movie trailer, which is posted below.
Iggy Pop gave a phone interview today on Australian radio to talk about the Stooges’ upcoming concert dates for Big Day Out 2011. In a conversation with Tom and Alex from Triple J Breakfast, Iggy said he’s “really looking forward to it.” He added, “Everybody I’ve heard that’s gonna be on it is just real high quality, so … it’s good company.” He also joked that Lindsay Lohan would be a perfect choice to play him if a biopic were ever to be made of his life. You can listen to the full interview here.
The Sydney, Australia concert sold out in just minutes today, prompting organizers to add a second performance date in that city. The second date in Sydney will be January 27th, and tickets for that date will go on sale on October 11th at 12:01 a.m at BigDayOut.com and 9 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.au (both at Sydney local time).
On Friday October 1st, Iggy Pop and Mike Watt joined the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles to pay tribute to Yoko Ono and celebrate in the days leading up to what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Iggy and Yoko rocked the house with “Waiting For The D Train.” Other guests included Perry Farrell, RZA, Carrie Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Vincent Gallo. Read more details about the show at the The Orange County Register.