Image: Iggy Pop, Becko
Iggy Pop kicked off his Australian tour in Sydney last night, we sent Triple M's Becko along, check out his review:
It’s hard to believe that Iggy Pop, over 40 years ago was playing that famous, stinky dive bar in NYC, CBGB. Jumping off that small stage, into a tightly packed crowd – crowd surfing Iggy pop style!
That’s where this chapter of punk rock began.
Last night at the Sydney Opera House, we saw a true punk show.
It was wild, but at the same time, his band was so tight. Only the best of the best play with Iggy Pop, as we saw on his latest album, 2016's Post Pop Depression that enlisted Josh Homme and Arctic Monkey's Matt Helders, and one of the most famous music pairing of Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
Iggy emerges with a leopard print jacket donning the famous 'Raw Power' street walking Cheetah on the back, tight jeans and a studded, diamante belt, but it only took about half a song to get the jacket off, and my god it’s always a sight!
The Opera House felt a little stuffy for Iggy at times, but that’s part of the honour of playing that stage. He brought the mosh onto the stage during 'No Fun' , ignoring the traditional class of the world famous venue and turning it into a Monday night punk fest.
He saluted David Bowie, in the typical subtle Iggy way during Some Weird Sin– paying homage to his co-writer sharing the story of when Bowie took one of his poems and made it into the song. Later in the set we jumped out of our seats for The Jean Genie.
That wasn’t the only cover, his version of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand was such a great surprise right at the end of the set, paying tribute to our own Aussie punk icon.
So Iggy Pop, we salute you! That was unforgettable.
Listen to the full review:
I Wanna Be Your Dog, Gimme Danger, The Passenger, Lust for Life, Skull Ring, I'm Sick of You, Some Weird Sin, Repo Man, Search and Destroy, T.V. Eye, Mass Production, The Jean Genie, 1969, No Fun, Down on the Street, Real Cool Time, Nightclubbing, Sixteen, Five Foot One, Real Wild Child.
Make sure you get to the 2nd Sydney show if you can Wednesday 17th April, Sydney Opera House, Byron Bay Blues Fest this weekend and this Sunday 21st April at Melbourne's Festival Hall- which is also the living legends 72nd Birthday.
Tickets and more info: www.bluesfesttouring.com.au
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