Boy Howdy Tested and Creem Approved! This Creem Magazine DVD release features Iggy Pop and the original lineup of the Stooges (except for bassist, filled in by indie legend Mike Watt) performing at their first Detroit home... more »coming in 29 years. It is a full« less
Fantastic Sound & Peformance....Oh, And Iggy, 'Nuff Said.
"The Woj" | Downers Grove, IL | 08/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What hit me from the opening song, "Loose", was the killer tone from Ron Asheton's guitar; talk about a trip in the "way back" machine. It's 1969 all over again. If the fuzz-wah guitar from "Funhouse" still gives you goosebumps, I guarantee this dvd will not disappoint. We're talkin' flat out in your face Marshall stacks. What follows is a true Stooges fan dream come true. Again, the sound throughout the performance is excellent. The mix between the bass, drums, guitar & Iggy's voice is perfect. Oh, and let's not forget Mr. Pop. Iggy is peerless when it comes to live performances, and he proves himself again on this dvd. The camera work gives the viewer a real sense of what being at this concert in person must have been like. This dvd is not plagued with the constant camera angle changes every two seconds like on many concert performances. We get a good look at all the performers throughout the show; especially Iggy & Ron Asheton during his guitar solos. (By the way....I don't get the reviews slamming the camera work here? I quess the fact I have all the original Stooges albums on vinyl & don't watch MTV must have something to do with it). Also included is some great bonus material including performance by the band in a small New York record store. While the sound on the record store show is only fair, it's Iggy live! Come on, how many dvds are out there capturing what this man is all about! Anyone who is reading this must be a Iggy & The Stooges fan and debating the purchase of this dvd. Add this to your cart & buy it ASAP! Do not shy away from this one iota. You will not regret this purchase."
You need this dvd.
robert f treat | west haven, ct United States | 04/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reunions suck. Always. They are usually for nostalgia only. Fun, but not essential. This is the exception. Iggy is loud, wild, aggressive, and the Ashetons (along with Mike Watt) groove like it's 1969 all over again. This performance is not just a novel reunion, it is top notch. It's no coincidence this show was rated as one of the best concerts of 2003. I've read the complaints about how this dvd was filmed. Well, I suppose if you like fast edits, effects, and an abundance of crowd shots, this video is not for you. It does not look like mtv. At the same time, the quality of the footage is high. The cameras roll, the band plays, and you get to see how it actually went down. Generous bonus footage as well."
Godlike beyond all belief
Riot Nrrrd? | Los Androideles, CA USA | 10/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Have you ever sat and watched something that was so unbelievable you just sat there with your mouth agape, with tears (of joy, not sadness) running down your face?!?
That's what this DVD - and this performance - did to me. I was literally dumbfounded looking at the screen - I could not believe what I was seeing was really happening. I think my jaw still has a scar from it smacking the floor in astonishment.
It's almost like as if The Stooges had never left. Iggy is amazing (he has no right to be in that good a shape at his age) and the band rips through all the timeless Stooges classics with piledriver-like efficiency. The hometown Dee-troit crowd seems to know how momentous the occasion is - their reception is nothing short of riotous. (And half the crowd clambers up on stage at one juncture.)
Like an incredulous L.A. Weekly reviewer said after reviewing their first Coachella reunion gig - "The Stooges! The f---in' Stooges!!!""
Five Stars For Performance, One For Execution...
Clark Paull | Murder City | 04/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us here in the Murder City who are still kicking themselves hard for missing this show last summer, this DVD was supposed to be some sort of salve for our wounds, but instead rubs more salt in them. Let's get this out of the way up front - Iggy, Ron, and Rock Action (collectively that would be the Stooges - with ex-Minuteman Mike Watt on bass filling in for a very dead Dave Alexander) can still dole out quite the sonic smack across the eardrums. Even at the age of 50-something, these guys, and in particular Iggy, deliver every parent's worst nightmare, the former James Osterberg stripped to the waist and sometimes beyond, finally aging perhaps a bit, but due to some strange combination of genetics and who knows what, cut up like a bodybuilder. The set list draws almost entirely from the first two albums, the Asheton brothers apparently refusing to play anything from "Raw Power," the album on which James Williamson handled the lead chores. Just as well - "Funhouse" is their magnum opus anyway.As for the camera work and sound? Lights out - literally. Most if not all of this was shot with what appears to be hand-held video cameras from various locations in the pavilion at DTE, several shots obscured by the backs of peoples' heads. The center of the stage is well lit, but whenever Iggy moves stage right or left, he disappears save for brief glimpses whenever a flash fires. One of the bonus features is a NYC in-store appearance by Iggy and the Ashetons, shot from an extreme angle to the left of the stage, Rock Action all but obscured by the others. Another bonus feature is sing-along versions of several Stooges songs, i.e. clips from the show itself with the lyrics running along the bottom of the screen.In the end, though, it's the exuberant bash the Stooges threw that warm summer night which makes this one worth the scratch, and the sight of about 100 part-time punks - some of whom look like they've drank water that's flowed past a chemical plant - bum rushing the stage (at the insistence of Iggy) during "No Fun" is enough to warm the cockles of anyone's heart. Your results may vary..."
Don't Sweat The Lighting!
Blank Frank | Athens, New York United States | 10/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've read a few reviews of this DVD that complain about the lighting. Iggy does wind up in the shadows from time to time during this performance. Personally, I thought it only added to the excitement. I think this DVD is an essential for any Iggy fan if only for the audio. If your a Iggy Pop fan like me, you probubly have some of those "other" Iggy CDs or vinyls in your collection (you know, inspired performances but bootleg quality sound). The audio portion of this DVD is a suitible replacement!"