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Iggy Pop; Ms. 45; Extra Fancy; Demolition Dollrods

On the road promoting his newest Virgin album, "Naughty Little Doggie," he packed plenty of oldies into the 90-minute Current backing band is terrific and full of justifiable confidence, with a special nod to drummer Larry Mullens, who kept things going practically nonstop for the entire set as Pop pranced around the stage, twirling the microphone like a man half his 49 years.

Cast:
Band: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Hal Cragen, Larry Mullens.

On the road promoting his newest Virgin album, “Naughty Little Doggie,” he packed plenty of oldies into the 90-minute Current backing band is terrific and full of justifiable confidence, with a special nod to drummer Larry Mullens, who kept things going practically nonstop for the entire set as Pop pranced around the stage, twirling the microphone like a man half his 49 years.

Encore was “1969” from the first Stooges album (released that year), which segued easily into Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and what may be the fastest version of “Louie, Louie” yet.

Three local acts opened with brief sets, all more or less in a louder/faster post-Stooges mold. The Demolition Dollrods’ gimmick was that the female bassist and drummer — and male guitarist — wore brief bottoms and pasties; Ms. 45 showed some variety but was otherwise fairly ordinary; and the all-male Extra Fancy, with their debut album out soon on Atlantic, was by far the most professional. High point of that band’s set, incidentally, was power-pop run-through of ’60s folkie gospel pastiche “Sinner Man.”

Iggy Pop; Ms. 45; Extra Fancy; Demolition Dollrods

Production: Iggy Pop; Ms. 45; Extra Fancy; Demolition Dollrods (Hollywood American Legion Hall; 1,000 capacity; $ 20.50 top) Promoted by Philip Blaine and Goldenvoice. Reviewed April 24, 1996. Nostalgia buffs and body-piercers alike got to see Iggy Pop at the top of his form April 24, with songs like "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and (especially) "Raw Power" sounding as invigorating as they did a quarter-century ago.

Crew: Set, most of them in the slash-and-burn style he and the Stooges pioneered in the late '60s. Highlight of the newer material was the ballad "Stay Away," an embellished story of L.A. groupie Sable Starr's ill-fated romance with the late New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders -- a nod to the end of an era.

With: Band: Iggy Pop, Whitey Kirst, Pete Marshall, Hal Cragen, Larry Mullens.

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