Iggy Pop Is The Man, As Proven by the 70 Year Old's Energetic Closing Set At Oakland's Burger Boogaloo Festival

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2017 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Iggy Pop is the man! This the "godfather of punk" swiftly proved just minutes into last night's hard rocking, energetic closing set at Day 1 of the fun Burger Boogaloo festival: the annual Oakland music festival at Mosswood Park with host John Waters that winds down this evening by 10pm with final performances from such artists as X, the Buzzcocks, and Roy Loney of The Flamin' Groovies fame.  [more info on Burger Boogalooo]. Displaying the level of raw power passion that he began his career with five plus decades ago, the phenomenally fit long hair-haired and shirtless 70 year old paced the stage for a crowd-pleasing, fast-paced set that drew from his deep back catalog of rock classics. 

Backed by a tight ass band and a perfect sound mix, Iggy delighted the packed Oakland crowd with a generous set, effortlessly running through pitch perfect renditions of such classics of his as "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger" and "Lust for Life." 

Iggy Pop's set closed out a successful first day of the always fun summer festival produced by Burger Records, one with perfect Oakland summer weather as the sky went from light to dark during his set. Among the jam packed crowd up front, some crowd-surfed while others ended up on stage but only momentarily close to their hero, and never getting to stage dive since vigilant security quickly rushed in to escort them off out backstage and, apparently then kicked out onto the street. However said street outside the festival (MacArthur) was seemingly where the real party was going. There 25 feet directly behind the main stage on the sidewalk of MacArthur Blvd across from Manila an informal concert audience of 100+ had gathered to party benefit from the crisp sound of the onstage monitors booming directly backwards. With a semi-obstructed view of the stage, these ticket-less Iggy fans were seemingly having as much fun as those inside. Further they had a bird's eye view of the backstage area where such folk as the sharply dressed, event host John Waters sipped wine and nodded his head to the sweet rockin' sound of Iggy Pop: an artist he's known for many years. Check out Iggy Pop's brief but memorable role in Waters' 1990 movie Cry Baby in video clip below that also features some of the other films Pop has been in.   Meanwhile Burger Boogaloo day two ends at approx 10pm this evening (so some time left for few acts) at Oakland's Mosswood Park which is located on MacArthur between Webster and Broadway and just a short walk from the MacArthur BART.

Movies Iggy Pop has been in including "Cry Baby"

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