BEING THERE: Iggy Pop @ The Academy Of Music

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BY JONATHAN VALANIA FOR THE INQUIRER There may well be a sound more thrilling than the tub-thumping opening salvo of Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life,” but after five decades of listening closely I’ve yet to hear it. When that song starts, stillness is simply not an option. Resistance is futile. It’s a showstopper, which is why it’s usually the last song of the night. So when Iggy (known to his mother as James Newell Osterberg Jr.) kicked off his concert at the Academy Of Music last night with it, the question hanging in the air was: How could he possibly top this? The answer to that question was a stellar two hour set comprised almost entirely of songs from 1977’s classic twofer Lust For Life and The Idiot, the pair of albums he made with David Bowie in Berlin, and his latest and possibly last album, Post Pop Depression, a striking collaboration with Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme that, 39 years later, effectively completes the trilogy. MORE