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Classic DVD Review: Iggy & the Stooges | Live in Detroit

The surviving dum-dum boys put on a jawdropping reunion show on their home turf.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Let’s get one thing straight: These days, it’s The Stooges, not The Rolling Stones, who deserve the title of World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band.

But don’t take my word for it; get their jaw-dropping reunion DVD Live in Detroit and then see who’s right. Taped last year on their Motor City home turf, this essential set captures the surviving Stooges — singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton and his drummer brother Scott (Rock Action) Asheton — as they rise Phoenix-like from their ashes after three decades apart.

out by utility bassist Mike Watt and veteran sax sideman Steve Mackay, the original dum-dum boys show the pretenders how it’s down, blasting their way through proto-punk classics like Loose, 1969, No Fun, TV Eye and I Wanna Be Your Dog with all the raw power and razor-blade nihilism of their misspent youth. Iggy in particular is a man possessed — when he isn’t humping the amps or heckling his bandmates to play louder and faster, he’s inviting the crowd to climb onstage and join the party. You catch Mick pulling any of those stunts, you let me know. Until then, I rest my case.