A Real Cool Time
Iggy & The Stooges
April 23, 2007
Last night we managed to get in to see Iggy and the Stooges rock the Wiltern. We are very grateful to a certain bass player for this, because the tickets sold out in like a minute. The Wiltern is still gorgeous, but it is really weird the way they took out all of the seats downstairs. They have plenty of bars and bartenders, clean bathrooms, and security that is efficient without being gorillas. The only thing that sucked is that they have a "no professional camera" policy. I have a Rebel XT that I had to leave in the car, leaving me with only a dinky little camera. So I have to apologize for the picture quality here. Oh, and they also take your gum.
Everyone was just waiting for the main feature, so the opening bands did not get the attention they deserved. The middlin' band, Sistas in the Pit, is one of bass player Mike Watt's favorite bands. I can see why he digs these three chicks rocking their hearts out with a funky bass vibe.
The Stooges opened with "Loose". Iggy did not screw around. He jumped right into the pit in a full-on swan dive. Then a few minutes later, he did it again, totally freaking out security. He is fearless with his audience. The band only played songs from their first two albums and from their new album, "The Weirdness". TV Eye, 1970 and Funhouse were fist-pumping crowd favorites. It was great to see Steve McKay, the sax player from Funhouse playing with the Stooges. Along with the Ashetons and Mike Watt, Steve helps make a very tight and authentic lineup.