Austin City Limits

UPDATED: ACL Last Night: Iggy & the Stooges at Zilker Park

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


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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.

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Craig Hlavaty
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