Pop (ne James Osterberg ) tore through music from his two recent Virgin albums, “Brick by Brick” and the current “American Caesar,” as well as songs that ran the gamut of his long, strange and wonderful career.
And credit his monster backing band, particularly guitarist Eric Schermerhorn , for providing an impressive glue that firmly held together all of Pop’s various musical inclinations.
During the debauched “Wild America,” the current single from “American Caesar ,” it was hard to tell if Iggy was railing against U.S. perversion or celebrating it as he sang of American’s being so “goddamned spoiled, they’re poisoned inside” while dancing about like an anxious cheerleader at the homecoming pep rally.
Highlights of the show included a manic “Lust for Life,” which ended with Pop stripped down to his bright red bikini briefs; “T.V. Eye,” a tune that inspired him to stage-dive deep into the already riled crowd; the acoustic, Lou Reed-ish “Social Life” (Iggy Pop unplugged!), the show’s first encore; and crowd favorites from Pop’s early days with Detroit punk groundbreakers the Stooges, including the nasty “Loose,” the sonically intense “Search and Destroy,” a sped-up “Raw Power” and the always popular “Wanna Be Your Dog.”
Despite his painfully thin physical appearance (someone buy the poor guy a sandwich), Iggy Pop the musician is in perhaps the best shape of his life. Seemingly ageless, just like the best rock ‘n’ roll, Pop is a survivor in the every sense of the word and, some 24 years later, shows nary a sign of slowing down.