Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Stooges on Iggy's birthday, 4/21/07

Photo credit: R. Galbraith/Reuters

So I know this is a little late, but I was lucky enough to catch The Stooges at The Warfield in San Francisco last Saturday, the 21st - Iggy's 60th birthday no less! I had last seen them in November of 2003 headlining the All Tomorrow's Parties festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, they blew me away that first time and did it again this time.

As with the 'o3 show Iggy and the Asheton brothers were joined by Mike Watt on bass and the original sax player from Fun House Steve Mackay. I found this set list online and I think this is accurate:
1.loose 2.down on the street 3.I wanna be your dog 4.tv eye 5.my idea of fun 6.dirt 7.real cool time 8.no fun 9.1970 10.mindroom 11.fun house 12.l.a. blues 13.skull ring 14.trollin' 15.1969 16.she took my money 17.not right 18.I'm fried 19.little electric chair

I felt bad for Iggy's roadie/personal security during "No Fun" - Iggy invited the crowd on stage and so there was literally a stage full of rowdy Stooges fans dancing and singing along. The poor roadie was doing his best to keep himself between Iggy and this unruly lot - most of them just wanted to give Iggy a hug but you never know I guess. Iggy kept having the lights turned on the audience so he could see the crowd and wave. He's really appreciative of his audience. He seemed genuinely touched when the audience sang, "Happy Birthday."

As always Iggy never stopped moving the entire 90 minute set. I don't exactly know why he's so entertaining to watch but you really can't take your eyes off of him. Maybe part of it is you never really know what he's going to do from one moment to the next. After the show, I saw a friend who said, "Only 90 minutes? Ah, that's where he's showing his age." To which I had to respond, "Neither you nor I could do what he just did for 90 minutes straight."

The band for lack of a better phrase, kicked ass! I could feel Mike Watt's bass rumbling through my feet and Scott Asheton and Ron Asheton were playing at their primal best. The tracks Steve Mackay played on reminded me how unique an album Fun House is. Primal hard rock meets free jazz... mindblowing! Let me just conclude by saying if you get the chance to see The Stooges, do not miss it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

HOLMES at APE

I will be exhibiting at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco this coming Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd. I will be there with a fresh stock of HOLMES sets.

I will be at the O-P-P table, table 107. When you walk in the front doors, if you turn left my table is in the section near the bar. I will be leaving the show around 3pm on Sunday to catch a plane, so be sure to come by early.

Again, Holmes #s 2, 3, and 4 are Signed and Numbered, limited to just 300 copies an issue. They've been moving fast, so be sure to get your set while you can.

Hope to see you at APE!

Friday, April 06, 2007

HOLMES press and an in store appearance


Ambush Bug from Aint-It-Cool-News posted a great review of my HOLMES series. Here's one of my favorite lines:

"Though purists may scoff at a Sherlock Holmes more like Iggy Pop than the classic sleuth, I found myself laughing out loud at the mentally skewed adventures depicted in HOLMES."

The full review can be found here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/32194

For those of you in the LA area, I will be appearing with an extremely limited supply of HOLMES sets at The Comic Bug on Wednesday, April 11th. It's an Indie Comics event - also appearing: Joshua Hale Fialkov (Elks Run), Christian Berenek (Se7en: Lust), Philip Clark (Quantum: Rock of Ages), Tony Fleecs (In My Lifetime), and Stormcrow Hayes (Afterlife). http://thecomicbug.com/. Apparently they will also have a live band at the after-party. Come on down.

The Comic Bug
1015 Aviation Blvd.
Manhattan Beach CA

There are also new reviews of HOLMES at SequentialTart.com. The Easy Reader, a free weekly paper here in the South Bay of LA, did an article about HOLMES and myself this week. The reporter took this shot for the article but ended up running artwork only. Well at least I have a new press photo... Thanks to Robb Fulcher.

Labels: , , , , ,