Posted in music | pictures on August 30, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Iggy & The Stooges

Q: Even though "Raw Power" was a great album, the Stooges never got to tour behind it properly because your management company quit you and your record label didn't seem to care either. So is it a case of getting back to unfinished business with this album?

A: Absolutely. I'm finishing a job here. It had its re-release. I did my remix too, which I knew at the time in the '90s there was a muscle-bound rock-metal thing going around, and I knew that people couldn't hear the record as it was originally mixed and mastered in that environment. So I thought if I make it unbearably loud, it would sell, and it did! (laughs) Now it's been re-released, and James has been able to tell his stories about it, and get his credit as due, gotten to say his piece. I'm in the midst of fulfilling my leadership obligations to the group on this record. And I've done really well with it.

Q: What do you think of Bowie's original mix?

A: It's a good mix of a particular taste. It was very similar to the way David had his own records mixed around that era. It's peculiarly English. What I didn't know at the time was that it was disastrously mastered (after Bowie mixed it). By that time we had no communication with management who had decided to let us go. I didn't know why you had to turn your stereo to "10" to hear it at all. One of the archivists at Sony later postulated that because of the non-management the group was under, the record had no advocate at the label, and it was assigned to a guy who didn't know the Stooges, and he was applying the standards of a Mitch Miller record to it (in the mastering stage). They were rightfully listening to it as a load of noise, and their concern was how can we reduce it? So if you reduce the noise on "Raw Power," you will reduce the record...-[from a Chicago Tribune interview w/ Iggy Pop]

Iggy & The Stooges played House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday (8/27), one of four shows scheduled for this week culminating in an appearance at ATP NY where the band will perform all of Raw Power.

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The band played a loud and killer set for 1.5 hours to the NJ crowd who may have learned about the show from the giant billboard on the highway, or the 'Atlantic City Weekly' cover story on Iggy. Iggy dove into the crowd multiple times including one backwards free fall. Unfortunately, the room was only half-full, but that didn't stop it from being a great show. Full setlist below. On Sunday, the band played the Riviera (4746 N. Racine) in Chicago after the show was moved from Aragon late on Friday night. On Tuesday, 8/31, you can catch the band at the Bank of America Pavillion House of Blues (it was moved too) in Boston.

In other Iggy news, Jim Jarmusch will direct an upcoming documentary on the legendary rocker upon the request of Iggy himself. Jim Jarmusch will also be in attendance at ATP New York Next weekend, curating the entirety of Sunday's bill (with sunn/Boris, Fucked Up, many many others).

More pictures, and the setlist, from the Atlantic City show, continue below...

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IGGY & THE STOOGES - 2010 TOUR DATES
08.31.10 House of Blues, Boston, MA, US.
09.03.10 ATP - Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello, NY, US.

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Comments (24)

the stooges at lollapalooza 2007 was one of the greatest sets i've ever witnessed

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:38 AM

Wow. Freak of nature!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:38 AM

what an awesome show.. it kind of heart breaking seeing the stooges in a great sounding venue with so little people... it's a shame the stooges did not play NYC... jersey you always disappoint me, even for the stooges people didn't come out...

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:49 AM

waiiiiit a minute. THAT AIN'T MIKE WATT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:50 AM

mike watt really let himself go....

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:54 AM

IGGY RULES!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:59 AM

mike watt can do whatever the fuck he wants.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 9:59 AM

coolest show ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 10:12 AM

they play with james williamson? love me some kill city.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 10:19 AM

Watt is as geniune an individual you will find. Nobody can stay 25 forever.

Posted by donn | August 30, 2010 10:22 AM

Show of the year. Ig and band were on fire.
Mike Watt is cooler than you.

Posted by Blag | August 30, 2010 10:27 AM

agreed... every interview i read with watt he seems like a totally down to earth guy

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 10:28 AM

Atlantic City Weekly, the long-time entertainment paper in Atlantic City, has a review plus more pics from Iggy and the Stooges' stellar show at the House of Blues:

http://www.atlanticcityweekly.com/arts-and-entertainment/nightlife/Iggy-Pop-Hard-to-Top-Review-Atlantic-City-101722248.html

Posted by AC Fan | August 30, 2010 10:35 AM

Amazing show - Stooges kicked ass! I posted two videos on yt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4erZo4pG1e4&hd=1

Posted by iggy in ac | August 30, 2010 10:52 AM

"mike watt really let himself go...."

Talking snide about Mike F--king Watt? REALLY??! I can't wait to see what you look like and have amounted to at that age! Bass legend?? Playing with Iggy Pop?? Nah, just prob wearing a stained t-shirt over your fat belly and yelling at your miserable kids. Douche!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 11:38 AM

"mike watt really let himself go...."

You probably have a Grover body yourself, jerk.

Posted by guuuurrrrllll | August 30, 2010 12:42 PM

I don't know what the story is with that location/venue. I mean, really; killer bookings at a reasonable enough club (if overly refrigerated) filled with folk art, and the boardwalk, Steel Pier and ocean outside, surrounded by casinos - what's not to love? I saw the (recently reformed at the time) Dolls play a great set there a while back to about two-dozen people - I couldn't GIVE AWAY my extra ticket.

...and when the Stooges finally get around to playing the city, it'll probably be at that execrable Terminal 5 - packed to the brim with backwards-baseball-hat-wearing, vomiting frat boys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 12:46 PM

I was really hoping they would play Wild Love, thats one of my favorite nuggets from this era of The Stooges. I can't wait for ATP!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 12:58 PM

REALLY wanted to go to this. Maybe Count Basie or the wellmont wouldve had a better turn out? AC is shot. Complete fucking dump.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 2:27 PM

iggy needs to leave his shirt on

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 3:49 PM

those veins are amazing

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2010 5:05 PM

Went up to see the Chicago show from KC. Awesome sweaty show at the Riviera!!!Met the band afterwards!!! Cool guys--especially Watt who I had met before.

Posted by cory | August 31, 2010 11:04 AM

Iggy needs to leave his shirt on? please.
Iggy is god and can do whatever the fuck he wants. Are YOU a groundbreaking, genre-making progenitor of an artistic/musical ethos and sound that influenced the entire world for decades to come? Not to mention that he was in the gutter and came back and is better than ever. i didn't think so.

Posted by staxx | August 31, 2010 2:12 PM

I don't think they played Kill City in Atlantic City, even if it is on that setlist.

Posted by Joe | September 4, 2010 9:00 PM

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