Watch Iggy Pop and New Order Play Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
Plus, Patti Smith covered Lou Reed, and the National performed with Sufjan Stevens
Iggy Pop might not be performing on the next Stooges album, but at least he can have some fun jamming with New Order. The Rock Iguana showed up to the annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall decked out in a sharp suit and vest, naturally without a shirt, to perform a few of his own songs, New Order’s rarity “Californian Grass” (the first time they ever played that, according to Bernard Sumner), and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Transmission.”
Judging by the videos (via Slicing Up Eyeballs), Pop was fairly subdued compared to his usual onstage mania, but his baritone perfectly emulated Ian Curtis’, and the rest of New Order were clearly thrilled to have him there. During “Nightclubbing,” Iggy told the crowd, “Good to see you! I needed this,” perhaps suggesting that things with the Stooges aren’t as fine and dandy as the band’s statements suggest.
Earlier in the night, Patti Smith paid tribute to Lou Reed with a gorgeous cover of “Perfect Day,” which she dedicated to his widow, Laurie Anderson. The National also played a three-song set with Sufjan Stevens that featured “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,” “This Is the Last Time,” and “I Need My Girl,” the last of which they performed on Saturday Night Live last weekend. Carve out some time and check it all out above and below.