The Stooges cause stage invasion in London

The reformed punk pioneers kick up a storm at the London Hammersmith Apollo…

THE STOOGES made a chaotic return to LONDON last night when they caused a stage invasion at their HAMMERSMITH APOLLO show (August 30).

Following their appearance at The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals last weekend (August 26-28), the band were joined by over forty fans as they tore through their second album ’Funhouse’.

During set-closer ’No Fun’ the reformed punk pioneers – led by Iggy Pop – invited the crowd to storm the stage.

Beer, cigarettes and underwear were all thrown in the dramatic finale from the returning heroes, whilst Iggy Pop was swamped by stage-invaders as they scrambled to touch the singer and sing into his microphone.

The band ripped through each track from the 1970 LP ’Funhouse’ including ’Down On The Street’, ’Loose’, ’TV Eye’, ’Dirt’, ’1970’, ’Fun House’ and ’LA Blues’.

The group – including guitarist Ron Asheton, bassist Mike Watt and drummer Scott Asheton – also played a selection of songs from their 1969 self-titled debut including ’I Wanna Be Your Dog’ and ’1969’.

The gig was part of the ’Don’t Look Back’ series of gigs in which a band plays one of their seminal albums in full. Upcoming shows include performances from Belle And Sebastian, The Lemonheads and Mudhoney.