Its existence having been revealed to the world via a one-two punch of an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and exclusive profile in The New York Times, it can now be announced that Iggy Pop‘s new album “Post Pop Depression” (Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline) will be supported by a very limited run of one-time-only live performances in specially selected venues. The “Post Pop Depression” tour will mark the sole occasion that the album lineup of Iggy, producer / guitarist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / bandleader Joshua Homme, Homme‘s QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bandmate and DEAD WEATHER-man Dean Fertita and ARCTIC MONKEYS drummer Matt Helders — augmented by QOTSA multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman guitarist/bassist Matt Sweeney — will perform this material, as well as classics spanning Iggy‘s legendary solo career, in a live setting.
Tickets for the North American leg of Iggy‘s “Post Pop Depression” tour will be on sale to the general public January 30, with pre-sales commencing January 28. Tickets for the European leg will be on sale beginning January 29.
In the wake of “The Late Show” debut and release of first single “Gardenia” and the “Post Pop Depression” pre-order going live, a second advance track, “Break Into Your Heart”, has been premiered. Both tracks will be delivered instantly with pre-order from iTunes or on vinyl.
“Post Pop Depression” is equal parts a dream come true for co-creator Homme as it is a record that defiantly takes its place in Iggy‘s storied discography alongside the twin towers of “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life” — two records and the mythic Berlin era of their creation canonized as much lyrically (“German Days”) as sonically (“Sunday”) on this new record. The album is a singular work that bears its creators’ undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they’ve done before. It’s a record that wouldn’t exist without either Pop or Homme — and one that probably shouldn’t in theory if you really think about it — but it does, and we and rock ‘n’ roll are all the better for it.
“Post Pop Depression” tour dates:
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Mar. 29 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
Mar. 31 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Apr. 02 – Denver, CO – Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Apr. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium
Apr. 06 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Apr. 07 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Apr. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Apr. 11 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Apr. 12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
Apr. 19 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Apr. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
May 04 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus
May 05 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer
May 07 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
May 08 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
May 10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
May 13 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
May 15 – Paris, France – Le Grand Rex
“I wanted to be free,” recalls Iggy of the earliest germ of the partnership with Homme that culminated in “Post Pop Depression”. “To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter — first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA.”
“This was to go where neither of us had gone before,” adds Homme. “That was the agreement. And to go all the way.”