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Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2 May 2010
original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton sadly passed away in 2008, many
felt that the reunion of Iggy Pop & The Stooges was a joyful short lived
time that would be laid to rest and Iggy would go back as a solo artist.
James Williamson replaced Asheton on guitar demoting him to bass duties
to play on the 'Raw Power' LP. When the Stooges imploded
Williamson stayed loyal to Iggy playing on a few solo records before
retiring from the music scene altogether. When the band reformed
in 2003 (Without Williamson) Ron Asheton refused to play any of the 'Raw
It is rather
ironic that James Williamson after years of exile has been asked to
replace Asheton a second time, and, with his sad passing, frees the band
to perform the classic 'Raw Power' LP in it's entirety.
the album in random order, opening up with the title track followed by
the explosive lyrics to 'Search And Destroy', Hammersmith was rocking.
Iggy Pop was soon stripped down to the waist. Growing old
disgracefully at 63 years of age stage diving into the crowd at any
in and Pop's trousers are hanging around his midriff with his backside
clearly on display strutting around the stage as if he's desperately
making a dash for the loo.
The band are
on fire. Ron Asheton's brother Scott keeping hold at the back on
the drums, Williamson keeping his head down not watching the shenanigans
of his frontman and some mind blowing sax to the max from Steve Mackay
who brought some new life to these Raw Power tracks.
a stage invasion for 'Shake Appeal' for which many duly obliged, with
Iggy out front being hugged by the lucky ones on stage. I would've got
up there myself but I didn't want to spill my pint. Iggy followed
this by yet another stage dive.
album had been played in full we were treated to other songs from around
the time. 'Cock In My Pocket' may explain how Iggy was holding his
trousers up, 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' set the energy levels to a high and a
knock out metallic version of 'Open Up And Bleed' ending the main set
with Iggy Pop throwing his microphone into the crowd saying ''I'm gonna
give you the mic, make some noise with it'', we didn't need a microphone
to do that.
watching this gig, I soon realised where The Sex Pistols, The Clash and
even Hanoi Rocks all stole their trade. I don't know exactly what
category you would file Iggy Pop & The Stooges under, but this was
rock'n'roll. Hammersmith was turned into one big fun house tonight.
Contender for gig of the year.
Set list : Raw Power / Search & Destroy / Gimme Danger / Your Pretty
Face Is Going To Hell / Shake Appeal / I Need Somebody / Penetration /
Death Trip /Cock In My Pocket / I Got A Right / I Wanna Be Your Dog /
1970 / L.A Blues / Night Theme / Beyond The Law / Open Up And Bleed
..encores .. Fun House / Kill City / Joanna
Review by Mark Taylor
Lynne Saunders/Moonshayde Photography
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