UPDATED: ACL Last Night: Iggy & the Stooges at Zilker Park
Photos by Marco Torres
UPDATED (11:40 a.m.) to correct "instrument" with "instrumental"
Iggy & the Stooges Bud Light Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 14, 2012
Iggy & the Stooges are the hardest, roughest, and most evil band that has and ever will play ACL, that's a fact. The festival delves into hard rock, but it's usually of the cuddlier grunge-y variety, and not that sinewy, nut-busting sort that Iggy Pop and the Stooges make together.
Sunday night's set was completely unnerving and chaotic, and it was everything the festival needed. The previous night was a Neil Young noise clinic, Sunday night was Pop and company teaching fans how to open up and bleed.
Zilker Park wasn't ready for it, and probably never would have been with all the prep in the world. The festival was hit with a category 100 hurricane of proto-punk proportions on Sunday evening.
Clashes in the front of the crowd up near the front gate abounded as Red Hot Chili Peppers fans camping out for their California heroes were forced to intermingle with grizzly punkers and rockers
One young female Chilis fan loudly complained about how ugly and stupid the Stooges were, and her mother agreed. Almost 50 damned years since the Ashetons and Pop made magic together for the first time, they are still annoying the lily-white establishment.
They do realize that without the Stooges there would not be lots of things, including the Chilis, right? No? Better off not knowing, then. Too many times cool things are wasted on the lame.
Opening with "Raw Power," the Stooges made the most of their hour-long slot on the Bud Light Stage. The Stooges live now are comprised of Pop, drummer Scott Asheton, bassist Mike Watt, sax and keyboard man Steve Mackay, and prodigal guitarist James Williamson subbing for the departed Ron Asheton.
Pop ordered the crowd to rush the stage three songs or so into their set. Distance between his public and himself is something that Pop doesn't adore, obviously. A hundred or so crazies jumped the barricades, with a few dozen hitting the stage with Pop. The rest who didn't make it onstage were thrown back into the crowd.
There was a moment of giddy terror when Pop returned to the stage after a brief Stooges
instrument instrumental and slowly undid his belt, taunting the throngs. Would ACL see its first peen, and an illustrious one such as Pop's own member?
Sadly no, and if so, you would have been reading this blog much earlier than this morning.
I'm still excited I finally got to hear "Beyond the Law" and "I Gotta Right" live, after seeing the band twice before. This edition of the Stooges sans Ron is a different and more angry animal, unlike 2007's almost-tame presentation.
They were selling a new album at the time, something that this version of the Stooges brand has also threatened.
It could be said that the Stooges were the true headliners here, and that everyone else was just an opener, and at the Chili Peppers just played the Stooges' afterparty, but I'm probably the only one who thinks that.
By the Way: Speaking of the Chilis, they will be at Toyota Center this coming Saturday (October 20), and Rocks Off will be reporting on that one. We skipped last night's closing gig by Kiedis and Flea because we know you -- and us -- can only handle so many reviews about songs about California.
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