StageSide with Iggy Pop
What’s old is new again.
Iggy Pop has been resurrected. His popular resurgence—complete with that still-bare chest—is improbable considering his early drugged-out punk-rock days. But somehow, he’s made himself relevant again, and he’s bringing his multi-genre, decade-spanning music to the Academy of Music on April 15.
Pop’s latest musical venture, Post Pop Depression, is a fantastic collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. Homme’s musicianship is solid and quirky, and he’s an amazing front man in his own right. But the project is all about Pop, who has hinted that this may be his last album. If that’s so, he’s not going quietly.
On stage, Pop hurtles and wails—and he’s not averse to stage diving, which is sure to be a sight at the esteemed Academy of Music. Speaking to a life fully lived, the 68-year-old’s new music is enlivening the set of older songs. The new single, “Gardenia,” is currently making the rounds on radio. Elsewhere in the set, Pop pays tribute to the late David Bowie, whose presence is felt in songs from the classic ’70s albums Lust for Life and The Idiot, which Bowie produced.
The tuxedo-clad ensemble—which also includes Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age, Matt Sweeney of Chevez, and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys—will perform a passionate, sweaty, gristly one-hour set. Would you expect anything less from this national treasure?
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Friday, April 15
Tickets start at $45