Iggy Pop will return to BBC radio with a new weekly show from next month (April).
The Stooges frontman had previously covered for Jarvis Cocker during the Pulp singer’s break from 6 Music last year. Now though, Pop has confirmed that he’s taking on a permanent role at the station.
Iggy Pop will host a Friday evening show every week from 7pm-9pm, starting on April 10. Tom Ravenscroft’s existing Friday evening 6 Music show will now move to 9pm-midnight.
Iggy Pop said of the news: “Having sat in for Jarvis Cocker last year on BBC Radio 6 Music, I found myself realising how good it was for me. I hope it was good for somebody else too.
“So I’m gonna do it again this year, on early Friday evenings; what we call in the USA the ‘happy hour’. It’s kind of an edgy point right at the end of the designated work week, and I’ll try to play quite a bit of music that’s new and stimulating mixed with very old classics from the blues and jazz masters of the 1920s through to the ’50s that are a little more moody. I’m gonna think of myself as a kind of atmospheric bartender. I’ll try to do my very best.”
Paul Rodgers, Head Of Programmes for 6 Music, said: “To welcome him back in a permanent slot on the network is a dream come true for me and our listeners.”
Meanwhile, Iggy Pop recently made headlines after rescuing an injured stray cat while shooting the film Blood Orange in Ibiza.
The punk icon has a lead role in the upcoming Blood Orange, playing a rock’n’roll legend with a beautiful young wife whose idyllic Mediterranean lifestyle is interrupted when her vengeful ex-boyfriend arrives on the island.
Director Toby Tobias explained: “The film really hinges on his character. He’s the man with the plan and his combination of deep cool and natural charisma really shines through on camera.”
Tobias continued: “[Iggy] was such a gentleman and a consummate professional with a deadly sense of humour. He had a huge amount to take on board, both physically and mentally, and yet he always had time for every member of the crew. He even found time to rescue an injured stray cat!”