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By Jamie Harvey
Long Beach, Calif.
As I boarded the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., on June 8, I had flashbacks to last December's Barge To Hell cruise. But as I entered, surrounded by perfectly coiffed women and men with slicked-back hair, I became immersed in the unique culture of the Ink-N-Iron Festival. There were aisles of shiny, colorful hot rods, and rooms abuzz with the sound of tattoo guns and partially unclothed, grimacing people in the process of having statements permanently etched in their skin. There were rooms aboard the ship decked out with bodacious art, vintage frocks and burlesque entertainers. But it was the stage in front of the Queen Mary that I was there for.
After watching the Dead Kennedys (minus original lead singer Jello Biafra) and a recently reunited Rocket From The Crypt, I stood beneath the stage bracing myself for Iggy And The Stooges. The only other time I had seen them perform was right before guitarist Ron Asheton died in 2009, and after a couple of failed attempts to see Iggy Pop since, I had been waiting for this show for months. Earlier in the day, I told a friend that I had one goal for the night: To dance onstage with Iggy. Though Iggy usually asks people to come onstage at one point during his sets, as we stood underneath the high stage I began to wonder if my goal was even feasible.
As someone who attends two to three concerts a week, it takes a lot to make me scream upon the commencement of a set. But as soon as Iggy bounded onstage to join the Stooges, I couldn't contain myself. Launching into "Raw Power," the godfather of punk proved that, at 66 years old, he's showing no signs of slowing down. With his bleach-blonde hair and wild eyes, he was wearing only black jeans fitted with a slightly jeweled belt that displayed his name, with his characteristic bare torso. Singing, "Gimme danger, little stranger" — one of my favorite lyrics — he stood above me as I sang along with him, and his body moved in double-time to the music.
As the band launched into "1970," I thought about how I would have given anything to have been alive in that era, experiencing the boundary breakthroughs that the Stooges achieved. But as Iggy broke out in spastic movements, jumped into the crowd, writhed onstage, and unbuckled his belt, I caught a glimpse of what it was like. After the highly recognizable "Search And Destroy," Iggy asked for people to join him onstage. My friend and I looked at each other, and next thing I knew, we were climbing the scaffolding. As the band performed "Fun House," my eyes caught a view of the thousands of fans in the crowd and I started jumping up and down, dancing like a wild person. I looked to my left and there was Iggy Pop ... dancing with me! It's a moment I will never forget. Pretty soon the stage was almost full of enthusiastic fans.
After the song, we climbed down and watched the rest of the set from the photo pit. Having live horns for the songs really made them pop, giving this legendary punk band an element of sophistication. The beginning of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" prickled my skin. I love that song so much, and even though I've seen it covered many times, hearing it from its originator was an experience I won't forget. After that, it was almost like I couldn't take anymore, but "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell" was pure perfection. The crowd howled for more, but the clock was ticking.
"Thanks for checking us out!" Iggy kept saying to us, not wanting to leave the stage. And they left in a fit of fury, a guitar flying in the air and crashing into the bass.
"Search And Destroy"
"Beyond The Law"
"Ready To Die"
"I Got A Right"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell"
"Open Up And Bleed"
"Sex And Money"
(Jamie Harvey lives in Los Angeles and is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She has attended and written about more than 500 shows since 2007. You can follow her musical adventures at www.hardrockchick.com.)