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Full line-up annouced for 2017 Montebello Rockfest (Iggy Pop, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, etc.)

Montebello Rockfest (Formerly Amnesia Rockfest) has finally announced the full lineup for the annual festival’s 2017’s installment and, as usual, it’s pretty awesome. The festival takes place in Montebello, Quebec, from June 22rd-25th. The first two groups to be announced were Rammstein and The Offspring and then it became a waiting game, but it seems the wait was well worth it.

The 2017 lineup includes, but is not limited to: Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Specials, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Reverend Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Frenzal Rhomb, Face to Face and The Unseen.

Also special tribute bands have been assembled to honor Fugazi, Minor Threat, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Spinal Tap and Twisted Sister. Speaking of Twisted Sister we were very surprised to see Dee Snider’s name on the bill after last year’s fiasco when Snider and his band expressed deep displeasure with the festival; guess it wasn’t that bad after all. Other tributes will be held for a few of the best record labels of all time: Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat Records, Epitaph and Sub Pop.

Wu-Tang Clan is also on the list this year and although they are not punk or metal this addition seems to make perfect sense. If you have never experienced Canada’s largest rock festival check out some of our coverage from last year HERE.


Iggy Pop, Cock Sparrer, Pennywise and more announced for Punk Rock Bowling 2017 (Vegas)

2017 is nearly upon us and you know what that means. Exactly. Time to start planning for Punk Rock Bowling! The long running punk festival has announced the first round of headlining bands for its 2017 installation in Vegas. Here’s the official announcement:

“19 years and counting and we are more excited than ever to announce just a glimpse of this years lineup featuring the Godfather of Punk Rock, the eternal misfit and saboteur of all convention, the 2017 Grammy nominee (and rightly so) Iggy Pop!!

And if that’s not enough, coming all the way from the East End of London, the working class heroes and one of Punk Rock Bowlings all time favorites, the pioneers of Oi!, the one and only Cock Sparrer!!

And let’s take our hat off to Pennywise who after 28 years is a household name in punk rock circles (and circle pits) and we welcome them back to PRB, with Jim Lindberg at the helm (finally!)

Top that all off with The Bouncing Souls, hot on the heels of their new album Simplicity, Hardcore punk legends Discharge, and many more bands to be announced. This is just a preview of what is going down in 2017, stay tuned for more.”

Snag tickets here.

Iggy Pop releases music video for “Sunday”

Iggy Pop has released a music video for his song “Sunday.” The tune comes off of Pop’s latest endeavor, Post Pop Depression (a collaboration album with Queens of the Stone Age mainstay Josh Homme) and you can watch the video below.

Iggy Pop released Post Pop Depression on March 18, 2016.

Full Album Stream: Iggy Pop + Josh Homme – ‘Post Pop Depression’

As you may have heard, the Godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age mainstay Josh Homme have teamed up together to record an album titled Post Pop Depression. The album, which was also recorded with the help of Queens of the Stone Age and The Dead Weather guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, will be released next week and may possibly be Pop’s final album. It’s bittersweet to think about, but while you do ponder a life where Iggy Pop is no longer recording music, you can give the nine track LP a listen via NPR right here.

Post Pop Depression will be released on March 18, 2016.

The Melvins stream cover of Iggy Pop’s “Ambition”

Seattle legends The Melvins are streaming a new song, which is a cover of Iggy Pop‘s “Ambition”, taken from the band’s split with the Hard-Ons. You can stream the cover below.

The Melvins released their latest album Hold It In last October on Ipepac Recordings, while the Hard-Ons last released the Shit-Pants-Shit-Pants EP in 2011.

Iggy Pop And The Stooges detail new album “Ready To Die”, post song teaser

Well this is not what I expected to see this morning, but I am more than pumped to report that protopunk icons Iggy Pop & The Stooges will be releasing a brand new album entitled “Ready To Die.” Check out a sample of the song “Scarecrow” here.

Iggy had this to say about making another album, six years after their last, “The Weirdness”:

“My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records. They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…”

Minutemen founder Mike Watt will replace the late Ron Asheton on bass.

“Ready To Die” drops April 30th via Fat Possum Records. Pre-orders are available here.

Work begins on Iggy Pop & David Bowie biopic starring…Elijah Wood?

After years of writing, a new biopic film about the Godfather of punk Iggy Pop and his glam rock comrade David Bowie is finally beginning to take form. The film, entitled “Lust For Life,” will center around Iggy and Bowie’s lives in 1970’s West Berlin, a particularly rowdy, explosive, and offensive time for both musicians.

Emmy-winning British filmmaker Gabriel Range, most famous for his 2006 political mockumentary Death Of A President, has signed on to direct the film. In past years, it was widely reported that Elijah Wood, hobbit and actor, had landed the role of Iggy; however, it is unclear if this production is related to that project, of which very little information is known (although Iggy himself endorsed the script in 2007).

The film’s producers will be opening the project to an international market of buyers this week at the European Film Market in Berlin.

New Song Stream: Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) – “Let’s Boot and Rally”

The Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop has recently recorded a new song with Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) titled “Let’s Boot and Rally”. The song will be featured in an upcoming episode of the show “True Blood”. In fact, the song was written specifically for the episode. Here’s a snippet of what “True Blood” music supervisor Alan Ball had to say regarding how Iggy Pop became involved:

“Meanwhile, to backtrack a little….Iggy Pop, or should I say Iggy’s people, had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind. What ? Music to my ears. We sent Iggy the demo of “Let’s Boot and Rally”. He loved it and said sign me up.”

You can stream the song and read the rest of the story behind the song here.

Random Cover Song: Bad Livers take a banjo to Iggy Pop (Lust For Life)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Among the weirdest covers I’ve heard this week is a bluegrass band from Texas called Bad Livers covering “Lust For Life,” a classic tune by Iggy & The Stooges. Complete with Johnny Cash-esque vocals and a twangin’ banjo, it’s definitely a departure from the original surf-rock jam.

Listen to both versions right here.

Iggy Pop to be featured on upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album

Protopunk pioneer Iggy Pop is straying from his roots a bit (in a good way, we hope) in his upcoming guest appearance: Iggy will be singing Duke Ellington’s classic tune “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” for an upcoming tribute album to the great jazz legend.

The album, titled “The Duke,” is an interesting project of English musician Joe Jackson, who seeks to drastically re-work and re-write the original tunes. “I revere Ellington, but I don’t want this album to be reverent,” said Jackson on his project.

For a preview of how weird this is going to be, check out the original “It Don’t Mean A Thing” and try to imagine it being mixed with something like, let’s say this.

Random Cover Song – The White Stripes – “I’m Bored” (Iggy Pop)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today we’ve got the award-winning rock duo The White Stripes covering “I’m Bored,” originally by proto-punk pioneer Iggy Pop. Check out both the cover and the original here.

Interview: Iggy Pop appears on Nightline

iggy_pop_001_032007Old School punk icon Iggy Pop (of The Stooges) recently stopped by ABC studios for an interview on Nightline. Iggy discussed his  musical influences and some of his life experiences. In between answering questions he shared rare video footage of his early performances in the band and revealed a list of a few of his favorite songs.

The Stooges recently released a deluxe edition of the 1973 album Raw Power. The deluxe edition features rarities, remastered versions of songs, a 48 page book and a bunch more.  To check out the interview with Iggy Pop go here.