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With: Iggy Pop, James Williamson, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Joey Carey
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 81
Date: 18/03/2013

Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power - Live in the Hands of the Fans (2011)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Gimme More Danger

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Much like the Beastie Boys concert movie Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006), the new Iggy and the Stooges concert video boasts camerawork by the fans. In this case, cameras were manned by six fans that won a contest; then director Joey Carey and editor Luis Valdes took all six videos and edited them together into this combined experience. MVD Visual released the new DVD and Blu-Ray

The show itself, which took place on September 3, 2010 at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in New York, begins with all eight songs from the band's legendary 1973 Raw Power album (out of order), then follows with eight more tunes (including classics like "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "No Fun").

Raw Power is one of my all-time favorite albums, and the Stooges sound just as ferocious now as they did back then. The audio on the new Blu-Ray is full and loud. But the novelty of the fans filming the show doesn't really go very far, and the energy of the show is somewhat lost on television.

Iggy Pop is here, at age 63, freakishly preserved. He performs shirtless, and looks like he's made of leather and sinew. He struts and dances, still full of punk playfulness (he keeps asking the technicians to turn on the lights). James Williamson is on guitar, Scott Asheton is on drums, Mike Watt (from the Minutemen) is on bass, and Steve Mackay provides saxophone.

As part of the contest, the six winners get the chance to sit down and interview the Stooges. They're die-hard fans, and the questions are good ones. We also get their original contest entry videos. And Mike Watt, a relative newcomer to the Stooges, provides liner notes.

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