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Iggy and the Stooges Play South by Southwest
By: Gary Graff

Iggy Pop and the Stooges
launched their new album, “Ready To Die” – and showed the iconic group is anything but -- on Wednesday (March 13) at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference in Austin, Texas.

With the album due out April 30, the quintet gave nine of its songs a live premiere as part of the House of Vans showcase at Mohawk, an outdoor club well under-sized for the Stooges’ following, but those lucky enough to get inside crammed sardine-like and rocked throughout the nearly 70-minute set to hear fresh fare such as the first single “Burn” – which the Pop told the crowd is about “about scary s***  like flaming a**holes  of life in the world and death and that s***,” along with “Gun,” Job,” “Sex and Money,”  “Dirty Deal,” “Double Ds,” “Beat That Guy” and “Ready To Die’s” title track.

One track marked a respite from the fury – “The Departed,” a quiet requiem to late Stooges co-founder Ron Asheton that was accented with pedal steel. Pop and company were in slightly restrained form during the show, seemingly focused on deliver the new material well rather than causing the mayhem that usually transpires during the group’s concerts. But the Stooges did dish out some older favorites, including “Raw Power,” “Gimme Danger,” “1970,” an extended version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” ,” “Search and Destroy,” “No Fun” and an encore of “Fun House.”

“Ready To Die” is the Stooges’ first album since 2007 and its first with guitarist James Williamson since 1973’s iconic “Raw Power.”

The group plays four date in Australia starting March 25, then plays the Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, Calif., on June 8 before heading to Europe. More North American dates are expected to be announced soon.

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