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Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

Iggy Pop appears on 'Colbert Report': going shirtless and running into Christmas trees

By Bob Needham

• Related story: Martin Bandyke's review of "Ready to Die"

The new Iggy & the Stooges album, "Ready to Die," is released today. And as a prelude, the pioneering punk band from Ann Arbor appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" on Monday.

During an entertaining interview segment, there are a couple of references that seem to be to long-ago local occurrences. And Colbert finally poses the question: Why doesn't Iggy ever wear a shirt on stage? (And the answer may be the best part of the interview.)

The full band also performed two songs, "Burn" and "Job."

Check out the clips:

Interview with Iggy Pop:



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Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:23 a.m.

He has a great singing voice and sure puts his heart and soul into his work. With the juxtaposition of him thrusting his aging, naked tummy in people's faces and his social commentary on the unequal distribution of wealth, I'll have to let that percolate for awhile!


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

There are guys who are a little easier on the eyes, but you know, for his age, he's really in great shape. Last saw them at DTE (old Pine Knob) and his energy and stamina were amazing. (Especially considering the abuse his body's probably been through!) Rock on, Iggy.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:35 a.m.

Ok, I'm sorry that I said the aging thing, and I was wrong. If people want to show their tummies, they might as well, no matter how young or old they are. He is going against convention, and it made me think.

Ann Dwyer

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

So we've all seen "Velvet Goldmine," right? It'

Kellie Woodhouse

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

"Thank you for wearing almost a shirt." Oh my. Iggy Pop is referring to U-M when he references the student union of a major university. He went there but dropped out, apparently not before getting some inspiration.

Bob Needham

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

Yeah ... In the punk rock history "Please Kill Me," he talks about being inspired by a Doors show at, I think, Yost.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 6:54 p.m.

Always love the Iggy coverge on here Bob. Oh the irony that he was voted most likely to suceed in his 9th grade class at Tappan.

Chip Reed

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

When the Stooges played at Forsythe, back in the day, Iggy put some dents in the floor of the cafetorium with his mic stand. The assistant principal, Mr. Filsinger expressed his concern after the show. Iggy morphed into his student council persona, and charmed his way out of any consequences.

Bob Needham

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

Thanks, and hey, the kids were right!


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Link to clips not working ... Is it my computer or is anyone else having a problem viewing them ??

Bob Needham

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

They are working on mine, for whatever that's worth.