Watch Guns N’ Roses and Pearl Jam Vets Team Up to Pay Tribute to Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Some of Seattle's finest artists got together to help raise money for a local landmark over the weekend, putting together a killer little pickup band and paying tribute to Iggy Pop and the Stooges with a one-of-a-kind rooftop concert.
The band, dubbed Raw Power, consisted of bassist Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Mad Season and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and Mudhoney singer Mark Arm, all of whom came together as part of a fundraiser for the PikeUp! campaign, which seeks to transform a parking lot at the Pike Place Market into "more of the Market to love and share."
Consequence of Sound reports that Raw Power performed on the market rooftop yesterday, delivering a seven-song set that included songs such as "T.V. Eye," "Little Doll" and "Search & Destroy." As McKagan told local station KEXP, he's been a Stooges fan for years — and remembers his first formative experience with the band's music before each of his own shows.
"In 1979, Kim Warnick of the Fastbacks turned me onto the Stooges," he recalled. "A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement ... rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day."
McCready added his own thoughts in a separate interview with the station, sharing his love for the classic Stooges record that gave Raw Power its name. "Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound," he enthused. "'Search and Destroy' had the meanest-sounding lead in it. 'I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm/I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb!' Those lyrics say it all about why I love this record."
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