Ah, 1977. It was a year that gave us Star Wars, the Voyager space missions, and Apple Computer’s getting incorporated. And, on March 21 of that year, David Bowie joined Iggy Pop when he played the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio, during The Idiot tour.
On Iggy & Ziggy: Cleveland ’77 (available on CD and retro-friendly 12-inch vinyl on 7/28), you can close your eyes and go back 30-plus (sigh) years ago, when two men weren’t afraid to wear a little—or a lot—of eyeliner and glitter and go bananas onstage. Iggy took on the vocals while Bowie played keyboards as they tore through a set list that includes “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “TV Eye,” “Raw Power,” “Gimmie Danger,” and “Sister Midnight.” The live recording conveys the energy of the crowd and the impossible-to-replicate antics of Iggy Pop, making you wish you were at that show. But this comes close—thank you, Cleveland, indeed.
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