Veteran Rocker and Beloved Local Join Forces
By DONNA BALANCIA
The newest BFFs in rock and roll — Iggy Pop and Ty Segall — have signed on to headline Desert Daze fest Oct. 12-15 in Joshua Tree.
And the new force in rock and roll is fitting as Desert Daze has a history of blending vintage alternative acts with up-and-coming young musicians.
Desert Daze 2017
Pop and Segall join the ranks of some of the most beloved bands in California and around the U.S. when they signed on for this year’s event. Eagles of Death Metal and John Cale are among the staggering list of performers.
Segall is not one to be left in the dust when it comes to wild festivities and once Pop gave the nod to Desert Daze, Segall was in. Iggy Pop took command of the FYF Fest two weekends ago in Exposition Park.
Ty Segall, Iggy Pop and the Joshua Tree Connection
Segall opened for Pop at the local fest, and told his audience it was an “honor” to share the stage with the so-called godfather of punk. Segall has a devoted following of his own and is a semi-regular at the Teragram Ballroom as well as the Spaceland venues.
Pop, meanwhile, seems to have a love for everything California these days. He headlined the Burger Boogaloo fest in Oakland last month prior to FYF and was welcomed by thousands of cheering, moshing California fans there and then in the latter part of July in Los Angeles.
“Ty’s got so many bands it’s hard to keep track,” said Teague Smith, one of Segall’s most serious fans. “He’s one of the best musicians we have and his music is based on appreciation of the history of music.”
Josh Homme Will Not Suffer ‘Post Pop Depression’
It’s no surprise Pop and Segall announced they’re on the bill at the same time as they share a friend in common, Josh Homme. Homme is a frequent visitor to Segall’s shows and vice versa. Of course, Homme and Pop put together a doozie of a project with Post Pop Depression, including the record, a worldwide tour and the movie, American Valhalla about the making of the movie.
It’s clear the guys are all going to be hanging out at the Joshua Tree compound where the music for Post Pop Depression was created. Homme said in the movie American Valhalla that he was afraid that after the musical collaboration with the vintage punker he would suffer “Post-Pop depression,” and thus the name. But that seems not to be the case.
Eagles of Death Metal, Thurston Moore, John Cale
Iggy Pop blasts apart an unbelievable lineup that tops last year’s compelling slate that included headliner and proto-punk pioneer Tom Verlaine and Television, Temples and Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Last year, Desert Daze touted some impressive players with Verlaine and Television headlining and beloved acts like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thee Oh Sees, Temples and Thee Commons keeping the crowds moving in the dusty terrain.
This year, the festival will take place Oct. 12-15 and will blow doors in blending young bands with the vintage founders of alt music. Iggy and Ty join an illustrious slate including Eagles of Death Metal and John Cale, Thurston Moore Group, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Spiritualized, Sleep, the Allah-Las and many more.
Deap Vally and Jjuujjuu, who played a prominent and welcomed role on the Desert Caravan series of concerts, by Spaceland and Knitting Factory, also appear in the lineup.
For more information go to desertdaze.org