Iggy & the Stooges at Free Press Summer Fest, 6/1/2013

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Iggy & the Stooges
Free Press Summer Fest, Eleanor Tinsley Park
June 2, 2013

The official closing band on Saturday at FPSF was the Postal Service, but for those of us who know how much even mellow indie-rock like the fare played by Ben Gibbard et al. owes to Detroit madman Iggy Pop, he and his Stooges were the climax of the day's events.

A crowd gathered around the Neptune Stage to pay tribute to the grandfather of punk and as soon as he stepped onto the stage, we went through a time machine. Though he looked his generation, his voice told a different story, screeching out just as powerfully and dangerously as it had 40 years earlier.

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Bassist Mike Watt
The Stooges opened with "Raw Power," a fitting motto for their live act. Gray hair aside, no one had lost a step instrumentally. In case anyone had any doubts, though, they were slapped in the face late in the set as Iggy danced and howled his way through a two-times faster version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog," which also featured a stunning instrumental workout mid-song to showcase the band's skills.

The group and its front man were on fire throughout their set, blazing through old songs and material from this year's Ready to Die album with a fervor that matched and surpassed even young punk rockers like Houston natives American Fangs earlier in the day.

Speaking of those new songs, how did they stack up against the old ones? Well, judging by the audience's reaction, they fit in just fine. Regardless of anyone's feelings on their newest record, the Stooges' new songs certainly have the raw, live-wire energy to keep the audience on their toes.

Most importantly of all though, this show was just fucking fun. Between Iggy's antics, the onstage dance party he conducted during "Fun House," their classically raucous sound, and electrifying energy, they could have played just about anything and kept everyone captivated.


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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11 comments
Nicholas Hunter
Nicholas Hunter

And they played two or three cuts each from The Stooges, Funhouse, and Raw Power, with an awesome sound system and an appreciative crowd. That was a top five lifetime gig right there.

Nicholas Hunter
Nicholas Hunter

Hells yeah. I still say Funhouse is the best rock and roll album ever recorded.

nhunter1
nhunter1

It would have been nice if the crowd had made a bit more noise after the set. We might have got an encore. Instead the youth of today seems to prefer to stand around silently waiting to see if anything else was going to happen. God forbid they should cheer and applaud and risk looking uncool.

Patrick Stevens
Patrick Stevens

One of the few things I wanted to see this year :( oh well

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

After all these years, Iggy has still got it. The Stooges rocked (having bass legend Mike Watt join the band helps) .

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

Being there in the photo pit for this gave me a new appreciation for Iggy Pop.  He is truly a GIANT of his craft.

Mayor Black
Mayor Black

dude, had more energy than all of the bands at the festival combined. no bs going through the motions...full on passion!

claymonster
claymonster

@nhunter1 To the best of my knowledge, no one did encores as the schedule was tight and tightly adhered to. Of course, being the last act of the night, one would think there'd be leeway, but I don't think there were any encores last year either. Social D didn't do one either on Sunday. I think the 10PM thing was mandatory. People WERE making noise but the stage was being stripped almost immediately. That kinda takes the wind out of the sails. But Good Lord what a set.. Bucket list item checked off for me!

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