Posted in music | tour dates on April 16, 2009


Iggy Pop supports Michigan State University's decision to ban animal circuses from campus in 2009 and hopes the school will make the ban permanent.

"As students who are concerned about animal welfare have told you, performing animals are deprived of everything that is natural to them, including the ability to roam, forage and form families and friendships," Pop said in a letter to the MSU Board of Trustees. It was written on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA says the board of trustees decided not to allow the Royal Hanneford Circus (or any others with animal performers) on campus in 2009, for the first time in 16 years. But what about 2010?

"The circus industry is big, wealthy and powerful, and I'm sure that its leaders are encouraging you to reverse your decision," Pop said in his letter.

"I implore you to continue to keep the interests of your students and the welfare of animals at the forefront of your thoughts and stand firm on your policy." [Detroit Free Press]

Neko Case takes a similar stance on zoos.

Iggy, who has a new near-jazz record on the way, is confirmed to appear at the previously-mentioned Road Recovery Benefit happening at Nokia Theatre in NYC on May 1st...

An evening of high-energy rock and roll that's going to be "just loose enough musically that anything might happen," jokes Wayne Kramer... Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/ Audioslave / The Nightwatchman), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Don Was, Billy Bragg, Iggy Pop, Boots Riley, Gilby Clarke, Carl Restivo, Eric Gardner, Bun E. Carlos, Handsome Dick Manitoba performing songs together and individually from their respective catalogs, as well as collaborating on MC5 songs and anything else that strikes their fancy

Also joining the show will be Joan As Police Woman, Ours, Miggs, and Road Recovery's Performance Workshop Program "House Band" Crazy James
Emcee: Matt Pinfield (Sirius Radio and RXP 101.9FM DJ)
Tickets are on sale.

Joan as Policewoman opened for Neko Case at the same venue on Tuesday.

Kick Out the Jams (video) below...



Comments (13)

Do they lock up the bar at these Road Recovery shows or do they sell booze?

Posted by noamjamski | April 16, 2009 12:33 PM

No bar. I went last year. Quality musicians, but lack of bar, all the preaching and terrible house band make it unbearable.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 1:10 PM

Shut up. There's no preaching. It's 100% high voltage with some kids performing as openers. Don't discourage people. It's a blast.

Posted by Tricky | April 16, 2009 2:09 PM

No, you shut up. It was just a response to the dude who asked about the bar. I went and thought it blew and explained why. You may disagree. Fine.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 2:12 PM

$25 tickets to see all those guys?

totally worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 2:20 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 2:23 PM

How is this preaching?

That's ROCKIN'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Jerry Cantrell.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 2:58 PM

^^ Agree there was some good stuff last year. But about 40 minutes of good stuff in a 2 1/2 hour period. If you could cut out all the BS personal story and house band crap it would be ok.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 3:11 PM

Iggy -- No one cares what you think about elephants. Just roll around in some fucking peanut butter and sing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 3:23 PM

Other than about 20 minutes of great music - this thing absolutely blew last year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2009 8:19 PM

Ours was by far the best thing in 2009 version. They dwarfed everything else. Iggy is a cartoon at this point, he did 5'1 ans Sweet Sixteen. Guess now that Ron Asheton is dead it's time to revisit the Berlin years. Jerry Cantrell did a nice acoustic version of Floyd's "Wish You
Were Here." The rest was meh.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2009 2:48 PM

Ours was certainly NOT the best thing by far. Totally forgettable.

So forgettable in fact, that I don;t even remember which one of the no name bands Ours was.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2009 8:15 PM

Well, there's no accounting for taste.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2009 8:22 PM

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