Post Pop Depression Live at The Royal Albert Hall
(Iggy Pop / Blu-ray+2CD / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Iggy Pop's Post Pop Depression album, a collaboration with co-writer and producer Joshua Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, is his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album for many years. On May 13, 2016, Iggy Pop brought his Post Pop Depression live show to London's revered Royal Albert Hall and almost tore the roof off!
Blu-ray Verdict: For those not in the know, James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges (who in 2010 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who reunited in 2003), and is well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rock, punk rock, hard rock, art rock, new wave, jazz and blues. Though his popularity has fluctuated through the years, many of Pop's songs have become well-known, including "Lust for Life", "The Passenger", "Real Wild Child (Wild One)", "Candy" (a duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52's), "China Girl", "Nightclubbing", "Search and Destroy" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog".
With a backing band including Joshua Homme and Dean Fertita from Queens Of The Stone Age and Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys, 'Post Pop Depression - Live at The Royal Albert Hall' showcases Iggy delivering a set focused almost entirely on the new album plus his two classic David Bowie collaboration albums from 1977: The Idiot and Lust For Life.
Fans and critics alike raved about the performance at London's Royal Albert Hall and as much as this live show will definitely be remembered as one of 69 year-old Iggy Pop's finest concerts, to either have been there on May 13th, 2016, or to relive it vicariously through this crisp, clean, clear Blu-ray is to truly understand just who inspirational that performance was that night.
CD 1: 1) Lust For Life 2) Sister Midnight 3) American Valhalla 4) Sixteen 5) In The Lobby 6) Some Weird Sin 7) Funtime 8) Tonight 9) Sunday CD 2: 10) German Days 11) Mass Production 12) Nightclubbing 13) Gardenia 14) The Passenger 15) China Girl 16) Break Into Your Heart 17) Fall In Love With Me 18) Repo Man 19) Baby 20) Chocolate Drops 21) Paraguay 22) Success.
From the very off, Iggy Pop shows who's boss by channeling his cutting, raw energy at the guys supposedly lighting up the venue. "Turn up the lights in this f***ing dump!” he yells at them, before he finally can view the sea of close to 5000 uninhibited fans clamoring to get a viewpoint locked in on their cult hero.
Yep, from the moment the curtain goes up, Iggy Pop is alive and, quite literally kicking. Prowling the stage like an uncaged tiger, contorting his lean, mean torso like the Mick Jagger days of yore, Pop, backed by an uber smartly dressed five-piece band in matching red-brocade smoking jackets, wasn't at the RAH to take an prisoners.
Always ready to showcase his lust for life (sorry, but I had to!), Pop had removed his own jacket and is stripped to his waist by the third song, crowd-surfing by the fourth and bleeding from the head by the sixth! Plowing through his repertoire in fine, albeit speedy style, Pop and his merry men are, simply put, incredible here live. The energy stirred up is off the charts as they take each song lovingly by the neck and half strangle the net worth out of it for his fans. Thunderous, searing guitars, clunky keyboards, and monumental drums, all meant Pop was left front of stage doing what he does best - entertaining as the Ringmaster supreme.
With Pop front and center at all times, save for his crowd-surfing moments, his gritty baritone carrying tunes with a defiant hook like a soldier carrying home a wounded colleague from the battlefield, Pop shows no signed of an aging vulnerability. “That felt personal,” he declares as the show comes to an end via its encores. Then, waving a triumphant fist around like even he knew it might just fall off the end of his wrist, Pop was gone - leaving the musical carnage of a Post Pop Punk aura behind him in the embers of the lit up, glazed over eyes of his adoring fans. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.