Boston MA – On a cold October night in 1977, Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life Tour rolled into Boston. Pop, anxious to leave the Stooges behind and truly establish himself as solo artist, stalked onto the Orpheum stage. Unfortunately, the opener, Bee Bop Deluxe, had overstayed their welcome. A visibly angry Iggy entered dragging a bag full of trash from backstage, which he proceeded to throw at his own fans, all while his confused band ran through the opening bars for Lust for Life. On that night, few would have believed that Iggy, a talented but tortured artist clinging to rock’s tattered edge, would live to see age 35.
Fast forward nearly 40 years to April of 2016, and Pop returns to the scene of the crime, once again entering the Orpheum stage to Lust for Life. But on this night, it is a far more confident and cocksure Iggy, celebrating acclaimed new album Post Pop Depression, who parades for this eager throng of aging punks and excited hipsters. Iggy is an ageless, shirtless wonder, long ago established as the godfather of punk, but now viewed more as the unlikeliest of rock survivors. At 69 years young, Pop is a sweaty, twisted storm of pure energy fronting the greatest backing band he has ever enjoyed. The brainchild of Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme, the band also includes: Fellow Queens of the Stone Age Guitarist Dean Fertita, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.
Bowie’s spirit seems especially close at hand for this tour. The set-list is comprised of songs almost exclusively taken from his two Bowie produced solo albums: The Idiot, and Lust for Life, as well as from his outstanding new Homme produced album Post Pop Depression. Highlights include Idiot songs: Sister Midnight, Nightclubbing, and new single Sunday. The furious set ends with a stage diving Iggy leading a sing-a-long for The Passenger and an epic jam session for China Girl. The elated crowd is treated to an eight song encore beginning with the new single Gardenia and culminating with the ironic Success from Lust for Life.
No one in attendance at the ’77 show could have imagined that it would be Iggy, who would survive to triumph some 40 years into the future. But after the recent tragic deaths of David Bowie and Prince, it’s time to celebrate Iggy Pop, rock’s unlikeliest survivor.
The Post Pop Depression Tour continues through April 28th in Los Angeles CA, before moving overseas for a series of European dates through August.