By DONNA BALANCIA
Performances by Ty Segall, Chicano Batman, and Iggy Pop highlighted an otherwise uneven FYF Fest last weekend at Exposition Park.
Musical Diversity in the Lineup
Parking snafus and entrance issues occurred Friday night and delays at ticket pickup were out of the ordinary. But the diverse if not unusual lineup mix of Frank Ocean, Bjork, Solange, Missy Elliott, Run The Jewels and Nine Inch Nails were enough to please any eclectic taste and were worth the logistical challenges some encountered.
It was the acts on the Lawn Stage on Sunday that stole the show. Iggy Pop, Ty Segall, Cherry Glazerr, Chicano Batman and Run The Jewels ran away with the prize before thousands of enthusiastic moshers.
Cherry Glazerr’s upbeat and charming performance is always a hit with locals in Los Angeles. The band has a style that is unique, a combination of punk and new-alternative and the musicianship is vintage.
The remarkably talented Ty Segall is a regular at the July festival and as usual he gave his all, wasting no time and kicking off his set with “Play Your Guitar” and treating the crowd to his abstract and wild style. The moshers and crowd surfers warmed up with him and put on the full press with Iggy.
In The Pit With Iggy Pop
One thing about Iggy Pop, known as The King of Punk, there is experience, longevity and a surprising dose of humility as he relates to his fans. Whatever festival it may be, he still steals the show.
Pop was not on the headliner stage, but instead took command of Lawn Stage. And accompanied by an entourage of photographers, friends and family backstage, Pop put on a wild show.
A Physical Show
The Iggy Pop show is physical. And unless a concert-goer has the endurance to hang in with the crowds, shoving, moshing and crowd-surfing, it’s best to watch from a couple of hundred rows back.
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Iggy Pop at 70 Years Old
Pop has come off a wildly successful run touring with Josh Homme for Post Pop Depression.
At FYF, he opened by running on stage and drawing in the crowd with his famous song from 1969, “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a song that has endured throughout a 50-year career. Iggy’s work may have been misunderstood in the day, but one trademark about a good song – like a fine wine, it endures the test of time.
Search and Destroy
Iggy’s music may not have been understood when he was in his teens and 20s mainly because there was no frame of reference to anything like it. Now today with YouTube, he has achieved worldwide acclaim and praise from big bands who draw on him as their inspiration.
And inspire Iggy did, as he sang an impassioned hour-long set, sweating, spitting, falling down on stage, whipping the floor, throwing the mic stand, putting the microphone in his pants, and, well … just being Iggy. The crowd of surfers and moshers left their black and blue marks on many in the aftermath of Iggy’s tight music, which ranged from Stooges songs to the David Bowie-produced selections off The Idiot.
Chicano Batman, the local LA band with crossover appeal, really played their hearts out to their thousands of adoring fans. With Bardo and the crew, it’s always a classy affair that draws an enormous crowd. The band has grown so popular they’ve been running meet-and-greet events after their performances.
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails, while giving a taste of new songs, did not finish with the now infamous David Bowie song “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” but performed it in the middle of a great mix of old and new tunes. The #NIN version of “I Can’t Give Everything Away” by Bowie was hardly upbeat as the song comes from Black Star, the album Bowie created while dying.
It was worth the three year wait to see Trent Reznor show his stuff as the frontman of a band that has always been known for dynamic performances and intriguing musical dynamic.
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Nine Inch Nails Wraps Fest With ‘Hurt’
NiN actually wrapped up the night with “Hurt,” the ultimate downer tune covered by Johnny Cash. That was the encore.
In any event, the last note of the festival was fitting for an event that has enjoyed many years of attendance, with a local LA flavor that may or may not be a taste for the masses.