‘I fucking hate you!’: Iggy Pop goes apeshit during combative (and amazing) 2003 Stooges show
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‘I fucking hate you!’: Iggy Pop goes apeshit during combative (and amazing) 2003 Stooges show

On April 27th, 2003, a reunited Stooges played at Coachella, marking the first time in nearly 30 years Iggy Pop had performed with the Asheton brothers. It went so well that what was supposed to be a one-off gig turned out to be just the beginning. For the next five-plus years, the Stooges toured the world over, playing in front of adoring crowds—for the most part. Six months after the Coachella date, the band had another festival appearance, but instead of encountering their usual audience—fans thrilled to be seeing the Stooges—the group was met with indifference and hostility. This REALLY pissed off Iggy, and brought out the fighting spirit in him. The Stooges’ set that evening recalled the confrontational shows of the past, and turned out to be one of the most memorable gigs this version of the band ever did.

In 2003, the annual Voodoo Music Experience festival was held at City Park in New Orleans from October 31st-November 2nd. The lineup was a mix of jam bands, rap acts, and groups that were popular on mainstream rock radio at the time. Plus, the Stooges.
The Stooges’ November 1st performance was scheduled between nu metal band Staind and the headlining act, Marilyn Manson. At the conclusion of Staind’s set, a good chunk of the young crowd—who we have to presume had never heard of the Stooges—left to check out another one of the fest’s stages, while most of those that remained were there to hold their ground for Marilyn Manson. When an MC came out and hyped the upcoming Stooges set, there was faint applause, but the kids went crazy when he mentioned Marilyn Manson.

The Stooges hit the stage at 8:15 pm.
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A photo taken by one of the few Stooges fans in attendance.

The first song is their usual set opener, “Loose,” from the second Stooges album, Fun House—one of the greatest records EVER MADE—and the crowd just stands and stares. Iggy immediately recognizes that the audience doesn’t care, and he becomes combative. Throughout the show, Pop hurls a range of insults at the apathetic kids—including a guy he can clearly see is yawning. The best put-down of the night: “You suck like the bands you like.” But there are moments when Iggy’s doing his best to stay positive; at one point, he invites the audience to come on stage, though just one dude takes him up on it. Other times, as he unleashes on the dum dums in attendance, the Ig’s rage is palpable.
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It turned out to be a fantastic performance, despite—no, scratch that—*because* of the aloof crowd, which spurred the band on. It’s the closest a reunited Stooges would ever get to the days of Metallic KO.
Flippin the bird
The band:

Iggy Pop – Vocals
Ron Asheton – Guitar
Scott Asheton – Drums
Mike Watt – Bass
Steve Mackay – Saxophone

This lineup lasted from the Coachella gig until Ron Asheton’s unexpected death in 2009.
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Lucky for us, a superb-sounding tape of this festival appearance by the Stooges exists, and it’s just been uploaded to YouTube.

The setlist:

01. Loose
02. Down on the Street
03. 1969
04. I Wanna Be Your Dog
05. T.V. Eye
05. Dirt
06. Real Cool Time
07. No Fun
07. 1970
08. Fun House
09. Skull Ring
10. I Wanna Be Your Dog (again)

From what I gather, the Stooges’ entire set was professionally filmed, and at least one clip has circulated online, but I couldn’t find any footage currently streaming on the web. So instead we’ll leave you with video of the first four songs from Coachella.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Screaming Bloody Murder: Iggy Pop’s most ferocious vocal performances EVER

Posted by Bart Bealmear
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