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Iggy Pop playing Road Recovery show, speaks up on circuses

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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 KramerPerry 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…

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