Following the success of Mr Pop’s latest release; Post Pop Depression, Iggy was joined by Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys‘ Matt Helders for an intimate performance on KCRW live session. Performing Sunday, generally agreed to be the centrepiece from the new album, the rendition is pretty much everything you could wish for.
Transitioning easily from record to live performance, there’s little disparity between the two aside from a certain rawness that you expect. Despite his 68 years, Iggy Pop never falters. And even if the frenetic energy of his stage shows is missing, at least there seems to be less danger of him expiring half way through. Which, I will admit, has been a very real (if possibly unfounded) fear for me while watching him perform previously.
The album itself, which was recorded in secret last year, has received nearly unanimous acclaim, harking back to Iggy Pop’s iconic Idiot, a number of tracks – including Sunday – drawing on Bowie’s Station to Station era. Post Pop Depression is the highest charting album of Iggy’s career to date after debuting at Number 17. It is also possible that this will be the last ever release from the punk legend, who was quoted as saying, “I feel like I’m closing up after this. That’s what I feel. It’s my gut instinct.”
Mr Pop will be joined by Homme and Helders once again for a series of live dates later in the year, showcasing Post Pop Depression. Kicking off on May 13th in London, the band will be gracing the stage of the historic Royal Albert Hall. An appearance at The Isle Of Wight Festival has also been confirmed.
You can read our full review of Sunday and the album Post Pop Depression here.
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