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Relive Iggy Pop Live at O Cinema Wynwood

If you missed out on Iggy Pop's concert at the Fillmore a couple months ago (we're looking at you, horrible Miami selfie man) and are wondering what the late-era Iggy Pop live experience is all about, O Cinema is willing to fill you in.

On June 16 at 9 p.m., the Wynwood location will screen Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015, an hour-and-20-minute concert film of his Switzerland performance from last October (not to be confused with his Art Basel performance in 2007).

The film, which is being screened for one weekend only at a few dozen theaters sprinkled across America, is a no-nonsense document of his concert. There are no frills, like interviews or testimonials or snippets of Iggy Pop driving around town or going into a convenience store. Rather, the film shows the Godfather of Punk ripping through 18 of his songs. He's supported by a different crew from those who backed him at the Fillmore: guitarist Kevin Armstrong, keyboard player Seamus Beaghen, bassist Ben Ellis, and drummer Mat Hector.

It only takes a couple verses of the opening song, "No Fun," for Iggy to rip off his leather jacket and perform the rest of the set in his trademark shirtless fashion. He roars through most of your favorites from his solo career and his run with the Stooges.

“I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “The Passenger,” “Lust for Life,” and "Search and Destroy" are all represented with only "Candy" getting left out from his greatest hits. The most remarkable part of the movie is that the star was 68 years old (he's now 69, and still touring). His posture is slightly askew, but he's still able to skip around onstage, bounce up and down, and even dive into his fans for the briefest of crowdsurfing sessions. His only break comes as he grabs a chair and croons out a tender yet raw version of "Nightclubbing." You wonder at times if the chalice he's drinking from during the movie is filled with the contents of the Fountain of Youth.

If you're looking to learn about Iggy Pop the person, this isn't the movie for you. The only bit of personality he reveals in the movie is that he likes to introduce his songs with the word "motherfucker" — as in, "All right motherfuckers, 'Lust for Life,'" or "Motherfucking 'Search & Destroy.'"

But since the Miami resident took nine years between South Florida gigs — and who know if there will ever be another — this might be the closest thing to seeing him play in Miami for a long time.

Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-571-9970; o-cinema.org. Tickets cost $12 via o-cinema.org.
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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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