Iggy, backed by Josh Homme and Matt Helders played The Royal Albert Hall on Friday May 13 2016
Iggy Pop, backed by Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders brought his Post-Pop Depression tour to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday (May 13). In true Iggy style there was cursing, crowd-mingling and chest flashing in what was to be the final show played together with his new band.
"Turn the lights up in this fucking dump" growled Iggy Pop - godfather of punk and living legend - before he and his band erupted into 'Lust For Life', sending London's Royal Albert Hall into an absolute frenzy
The tuxedo jacket didn't last long as Iggy stripped off, flinging his body around the stage like a man a third of his age. To see any other pensioner behave in this way would prompt eye rolls and awkward glances. But this is Iggy. And nobody does it better.
What a lineup! If Iggy was feeling any of his sixty-nine years, he certainly didn't show it with the crowd roaring for 'Post-Pop Depression' hit 'Gardenia'.
Several songs in, Iggy was in the crowd, emerging with a bleeding face, a slight limp and almost no trousers after wrestling with an overenthusiastic fan.
In his seventh decade, Iggy's body is lean, with a California tan but the signs of years of fast living are visibly starting to take their toll.
Pop's backing band - Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen with Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders on drums - were all dressed in matching Butlins-esque burgundy lounge jackets and put on a rock n' roll show to remember.
It's rare, when seeing an artist with such an immense back catalogue, for the crowd to react as well to new tracks as to old classics but this was the case tonight. The 'Post-Pop Depression' songs slotted in amongst classics like 'China Girl' and 'The Passenger' perfectly, maintaining an energetic pace which saw the crowd standing on chairs and buzzing off Iggy's raucous attitude.
Only five months in to 2016 but we're sure this will stand out as one of the most memorable gigs of the year. Raising a fist to his euphoric crowd, Iggy simply said "That felt personal" and then he was gone. Will we see him perform like this again? Who knows. But that was the performance of a lifetime.