Post Pop Depression takes over Detroit’s Fox Theater with bone crushing song after another on the eve of Opening Day 2016 in Detroit.
Iggy Pop, accompanied by Joshua Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age with bandmate Dean Fertiita, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders; multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwin and journeyman guitarist/bassist Matt Sweeney performed a rousing set and a half which covered Pop’s career from The Idiot, Lust for Life and his latest LP, Post Pop Depression on Thursday Night, April 8th.
The evening began with 20-25 minute opening set from Noveller, a one women show whose style and guitar abilities would bring to mind Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. An addition 20 mins go by and the lights begin to dim down slowly as an Native American drum pattern is blasting out along with chanting into the crowd and as the curtains open; the concert starts off with Lust for Life; as mean and fun as the 1977 LP title track. Iggy is sitting down preparing to attack in a pair of black dress pants with a blazer loosely fitted; the rest of the band were wearing matching red blazers that resemble shark skin-i dub it stoner rock formal wear.
From there, Sister Midnight, Sixteen, Funtime, Nightclubbing along with newer material such as American Valhalla, Sunday, Gardenia and German Days kept the fans along with I on their feet for the entire concert. Iggy presence on stage was menacing, rebellious (he dived into the orchestra pit mid concert), exuberant, playful and quirky. Perhaps one of the best guitarist performing is Joshua Homme-his style was swaggering Thursday night, his fierce playing on Sister Midnight, China Girl; especially on Sunday (you would have thought it was Eric Clapton on stage) would make any guitarist in attendance just want to try harder to sound as good as Homme.
It has been mentioned that is possibly Iggy Pop’s last ride for recording and touring. Pop showed no signs of old age or his ability to be a goof ball on stage. As he was leaving the stage, he hands off his microphone to a random fan and out comes stage management concerned with the patron is going to run off with it; Iggy does get it back after grabbing a drink-To me, that doesn’t look or sound like a guy who wants to slow down. Not to mention, this is a great collaboration with Joshua Homme. Obviously Mr. Homme has plenty on his plate but a follow up should be in order.
With the album, tour and radio stops across the country just shows you what Iggy Pop is capable of when pushed by the right people; the late David Bowie and now Joshua Homme. Tonight took me back to my college years when I discovered Iggy’s solo work and his work with The Stooges. The show also brought together a wide age range out in attendance. Young fans of Homme as well as Iggy; then you have the elder fans that remember the Michigan native’s crazy days performing in and around the metro Detroit area (such as my parents). Although this is an artist in the twilight stage of his career, it has an ending that is gearing up to be remembered and passed on.