Thursday, August 11

Fireproof and overwhelming but late: Iggy Pop revolutionizes the Jazzaldia

An inexhaustible Iggy Pop has broken into the San Sebastian Jazz Festival this Saturday with his wild and visceral rock to demonstrate that he is still “the Iguana”, capable of defying time, surviving excesses and continuing to excite his unconditional fans despite of the monumental anger that the delay of his concert has provoked in the public. When there was no longer a seat left to occupy in the Kursaal Auditorium and the performance was about to begin, a voice over the loudspeaker announced that a fifteen-minute film would be screened first and then there would be a break.

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The projection on the avatars of an Iggy Pop fan does not seem to have interested the audience too much, who whistled loudly due to a delay that finally lasted more than three quarters of an hour. Iggy Pop has finally come out on stage after 7:15 p.m. and has not said a word about the incident, a detail that, however, does not seem to have mattered much since as soon as “the Iguana” has grabbed the microphone, the anger has been forgotten and the attendees have only wanted to listen and even, those in the front rows, touch their idol, reports Efe.

The dark sound of an instrumental theme has served as an appetizer for what was to come in this first Iggy Pop concert in Spain, included in the tour that this pop legend, who turned 75 in April, is making through 13 countries. Leron Thomas (horn), Sara Lipstate (guitar), Corey King (trombone), Florian Pellissier (keyboards), Gregorie Fauque (guitar), Sylvian Ruby (bass), Thibaur Brandalise (drums) have accompanied James Newell Osterberg, real name of Iggy Pop, who has appeared dressed in a jacket and without a shirt.

A few minutes later, he drank water, which he immediately spat out on stage in a slight reminiscence perhaps of those more dangerous appearances decades ago. From the first moment, “the Iguana” has flaunted his characteristic contour, although less intense than in the past, and that has even caused him a small fall for which he has required the help of staff from the Auditorium to get up.

For almost two hours, the veteran rocker, who has taken off his jacket for the third song, has displayed his arsenal of musical milestones, from his beginnings with “The Stooges”, the group that with its three albums released between 1969 and 1973 anticipated to punk. “TV Eyes”“, ”Death Trip“ and ”Gimme Danger“ have been some of the songs from the early seventies that have provoked the delirium of the public, which has gone up a notch with ”Lust for Life“, a song that is the result of the collaboration with David Bowie in his Berlin stage and that was used in the soundtrack of Trasporting.

“The Passenger”, another of his greatest hits, has also been part of the repertoire along with songs from his latest album “Free” (2019), with which he decided to swerve his career to delve into more intimate songs, with a jazz touch. “I wanna Be Your Dog” has been reserved for the encores, which have followed one another at the same rate that the level of decibels and greetings and hugs to those who occupied the front rows increased.

The day that marks the halfway point of the Jazzaldia has continued in the Plaza de la Trinidad with performances by Steve Coleman, who is visiting the San Sebastian festival for the sixth time, and the unclassifiable Louis Cole. Coleman has offered a manifestation of the most hermetic jazz with Five Elements, the band that has accompanied him since 1981 and is currently made up of Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Anthony Tidd (bass), Sean Rickman (drums), as well as rapper Kokayi , which was added in 2018.

Kokayi has rapped at breakneck speed the songs that suggested Cuban or African airs that emerged from the sax, trumpet or bass in a recital marked by repetitions and improvisations. He has been succeeded on stage by the singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Luis Cole, one of the founders of the group Knower, who has starred in a performance close to “performance”, accompanied by keyboards, drums and the voices of Genevieve Artadi and Fuensanta Mendez. With a curious staging, Cole’s music is a musical melting pot in which everything seems to have a place, from ballads, to funky dance, rap and jazz.

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