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.
Iggy and the Stooges have been confirmed to play at Big Day Out 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. The annual music festival includes more than 40 acts and runs between January 21st and February 6th. Tickets go on sale for Sydney on October 6th, for the Gold Coast on October 7th, and for Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on October 8th. The band is expected to play all dates. You can find more information about how to buy tickets at BigDayOut.com.
Iggy Pop was in Los Angeles on Saturday to show his support at PETA’s 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards. The event honored activists and celebrities who have worked with PETA to draw attention to animal rights issues. On the red carpet, Iggy spoke about how he became involved with the organization, and you can view what he had to say in the video below (at 16:42-17:40).
Gibson.com has ranked Ron Asheton’s solo on “Dirt” as one of the Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time. Listed at #46, Gibson says, “Asheton swabbed the record with psychedelic slime … Ron charges neck-first into the garage with a stinging attack some have compared to Coltrane.” The rankings are based on a poll of musicians and readers.
Iggy and the Stooges performed Friday night at Don Hill’s, a New York City club which played host to a party thrown by Pop magazine. The New York Observer reports that the band’s appearance was the “most buzzed-about event of Fashion’s Night Out” and “the Stooges were a revelation.” Others in attendance included Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Jeff Koons, Selma Blair, and Chloë Sevigny. Iggy told the crowd, “I think we’re all aware it’s Fashion Week in New York City. Just remember, fashion people, your pretty face is going to hell.”
In an interview with RollingStone.com, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch disclosed some details of the material that may be used to put together a new documentary about the Stooges. Jarmusch said he expects to work on the film over the next few years, and it will include original music, archive material, and portions from eight hours of interviews that Iggy provided to be used for the documentary. Jarmusch told the magazine, “It’s not an overview of Iggy Pop or his life or his career, but of course the Stooges are so important in the history of music, and certainly Iggy’s the engine of it.”
Iggy and the Stooges received awesome reviews of their show Friday night at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York. Billboard magazine called the Stooges the “pretty clear main attraction” and said the band gave an “explosive show.” RollingStone.com is featuring a video of the band’s opening, “Raw Power,” which you can watch below:
The Boston Globe reports that Iggy and the Stooges’ show at the House of Blues on Tuesday night was “as good a pairing of frontman and band as you can get.” The newspaper called the performance “genre-melting,” and “joyously chaotic yet deeply musical.” In another review, the Boston Herald said Iggy Pop “maintained focus while conjuring up the most chaotic and beautiful mess you could ever want.” Click to read the full reviews, and check out this fan video of “I Need Somebody” with flying mic stand:
Iggy Pop will perform at the We Are Plastic Ono Band concert on October 1st at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, joining the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and other guests including Nels Cline, Mike Watt, RZA, Perry Farrell, Carrie Fisher and Vincent Gallo. The concert is expected to be a West Coast reprise of Yoko Ono’s sold-out We Are Plastic Ono Band concerts in New York this past February. Plastic Ono Band currently includes Sean Lennon, Cornelius, and Yuka Honda. Tickets for the October 1st show can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
The Chicago Sun-Times has published a review of Iggy and the Stooges’ show at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, calling it an “aural blitzkrieg” that was “violent, briskly paced and brutally loud.” The band played 16 songs:
“Search and Destroy”
“Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”
“Beyond the Law”
“I Got a Right”
“I Wanna Be Your Dog”
“I Need Somebody”
“Open Up and Bleed”
Read the full review at SunTimes.com
Rock vampire comedy “Suck: The Movie,” featuring Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Alice Cooper and other guest stars, will hit more than 100 U.S. theaters starting September 2nd. The film, which has already been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and South by Southwest, “has the potential to become a cult classic,” according to Rolling Stone. The movie follows a band that will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be.
For more details, read the release below:
D&E Entertainment to Theatrically Distribute “SUCK: THE MOVIE”
A Rock-n-Roll Vampire Comedy Featuring Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, Alex Lifeson and Alice Cooper
Hollywood, CA (August 25, 2010) – D&E Entertainment in association with Entertainment One, Capri Films and Joker Films proudly announce the rock-n-roll vampire comedy ‘SUCK: THE MOVIE’ will receive its U.S. Digital Cinema theatrical campaign starting on September 2.
The film follows a down and out band, ironically known as The Winners, that are desperately seeking a record deal and will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be.
After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “SUCK” made its U.S. debut at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin and also played the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival earlier this year. Rolling Stone said the film “has the potential to become a cult classic,” and MTV.com called it “‘Twilight’ meets ‘True Blood’ with a dash of ‘Rock Star’.” “SUCK” is directed by Canadian Rob Stefaniuk (“Phil the Alien”), who also stars along with Jessica Paré (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Malcolm McDowell (“The Book of Eli”) and Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”) as well as some the music industry’s biggest names including Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, Alex Lifeson, Carole Pope and Alice Cooper. Dimitri Coats of the band Burning Brides portrays the film’s villainous vampire Queenie.
“SUCK: THE MOVIE” is theatrically distributed and marketed in the United States by D&E Entertainment (www.DandEentertainment.com) in association with the film’s U.S. distributor Entertainment One and will premiere for a special run in over 100 digital cinemas starting September 2. Participating theatres include: AMC, Carmike, Celebration Cinemas, Dipson, Lee Neighborhood, Mann, Marcus, Clearview, Wehrenberg, Bow Tie, Rave, Studio Movie Grill, Cleveland Cinemas, Allen Theatres, Harkins, Alamo Drafthouse, Regent Theatre, The Michigan Theatre, Cinema West, Spectrum 8, The Movie Experience, Cinema Café, and Showplace East Cinemas.
The film has a running time of 96 minutes and will play at select theater locations with a 10-minute preview of the making-of documentary “Down to the Crossroads or: How to Make a Movie SUCK.”
For more info on D&E Entertainment contact:
A message to all fans of Iggy & The Stooges: there’s a contest over at In The Hands Of The Fans that could grant you a once in a lifetime opportunity to film and interview Iggy & The Stooges at this years All Tomorrow’s Parties gig. It involves you submitting to them some real seepage about Raw Power. To the victor goes the spoils… check it out and submit your video at www.inthehandsofthefans.com – Contest ends August 20th. See you September!