Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore and Ty Segall Rock Desert Daze Fest




Iggy Pop Serenades at Desert Daze Fest - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Iggy Pop Serenades at Desert Daze Fest - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

JOSHUA TREE – Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore and Ty Segall stole the show at Desert Days 2017 in Joshua Tree.

The unusual blend of veterans and young alternative rockers is the key to the appeal of this unique fest with a quirky approach to music.

Pop, King Gizzard, and Segall’s band, Goggs, performed on a stellar Saturday night. But it was Thurston Moore, Sleep, and also the diverse fans who showed stamina on a hot and dusty weekend.

Iggy Pop at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Iggy Pop at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Iggy Pop

The 70-year-old veteran rocker never fails to disappoint.  He’s responsible for some of the most beloved songs in rock and roll yet until the last few years has largely gone uncredited.  But the younger generation loves the writer and performer of such songs as “Passenger,” “Lust For Life” and also for his collaborations with musicians like Sum 41,  and even Metallica.

Ty Segall and Goggs

Goggs gives music hope.  Perhaps the best young band at the festival for those who love punk rock, Goggs which is comprised of Segall, Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw, got the Wright tent jumping and kicking up dust.

Goggs frontman Chris Shaw - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Goggs frontman Chris Shaw – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Shaw was even carried overhead by a welcoming crowd and there was no shortage of surfing and moshing.

Chris Shaw crowd surfs while Ty Segall plays on stage during the Goggs set at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Chris Shaw crowd surfs while Ty Segall plays on stage during the Goggs set at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Matt Pike Gets a Reunion

Matt Pike is one of the true survivors of rock ‘n’ roll. The band has been around since the 1970s and is still going strong, bringing out fans from all over the country to Joshua Tree to catch their performance.

Matt Pike smiles when he sees his daughter in the crowd at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Matt Pike smiles when he sees his daughter in the crowd at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Pike even received an unexpected surprise: His daughter came to see him perform at Desert Daze.

Matt Pike's daughter snaps her dad from the rail at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Matt Pike’s daughter snaps her dad from the rail at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore made a rare festival appearance and showed the crowd that avant-garde music never gets tired.  Youngsters and festival veterans love Moore and his trusty  guitar.

Thurston Moore started off a great Saturday night at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Thurston Moore started off a great Saturday night at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Thurston Moore's trusty guitar - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Thurston Moore’s trusty guitar – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze gets rowdy on Saturday with Sleep, King Gizzard and Iggy Pop - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze gets rowdy on Saturday with Sleep, King Gizzard and Iggy Pop – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Allah-Las Play the SoCal Sound

EODM followed Allah-Las on the Moon Stage at Desert Daze. The peaceful Joshua Tree festival could not seem further from Europe, where the two bands were targets of terrorism. In 2015, EODM was at the center of a tragic attack at the Bataclan in Paris. Last August, an Allah-Las concert was cancelled in Rotterdam after a threat.

The Allah-Las captivate on Sunday at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Allah-Las captivate on Sunday at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

See Nick Waterhouse Interview: Allah Las OK After Threat 

Allah Las — Miles, Pedrum, Spencer and Matt from Los Angeles — brought their excellent surf style music to the Moon Stage earlier, ripping out songs that got the crowd moving. Can’t say enough good things about the well-recognized sound Allah-Lahs have honed over the years.

The Babe Rainbow Keeps the 1960s Alive

The Babe Rainbow is a 1960s -influenced band from Australia - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Babe Rainbow is a 1960s -influenced band from Australia – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Also contributing to a great Sunday in Joshua Tree were The Babe Rainbow, comprised of Jack Lulu Angus and Elliot. Theirs is the sound of 1960s in many ways — and special props for use of the bongos.

Bizarro Style and Martian-Cowboy Fashion

But the true star of Desert Daze was the clothing style. It’s hard to describe but many of the attendees did some decade cross-dressing mixing 1970s velour with spacey Martian accent pieces and Cowboy boots.

Ty Segall at Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Ty Segall at Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

“This is our favorite festival,” said one festival-goer. “We got engaged here last year and now we’re married and we’re back. There are all types of music, all eras of music represented here and it’s all about good feelings and good memories.”

Check out our Desert Daze festival photos:

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jesika Von Rabbit shows the latest in skeletal wear, catch her show at the Viper Room Nov. 3 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Eagles of Death Metal Goggs © 2017 Donna Balancia
Eagles of Death Metal in the crowd – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Iggy Pop fan about to cry from joy when brought onstage by the Godfather of Punk - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Iggy Pop fan about to cry from joy when brought onstage by the Godfather of Punk – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 joyous festival goers – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Allah-Las play a dusty Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Deap Vally – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Great volunteers and workers at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 vendors take a break – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Instagram of Chris Shaw during Goggs set at Desert Daze by Donna Balancia
Instagram of Chris Shaw during Goggs set at Desert Daze by Donna Balancia

 

Arrow De Wilde of Starcrawler band crowd surfs to Iggy and reaches to him - IG photo by Donna Balancia
Arrow De Wilde of Starcrawler band crowd surfs to Iggy and reaches to him – IG photo by Donna Balancia
Ty Segall at Desert Daze on IG video - by Donna Balancia
Ty Segall at Desert Daze on IG video – by Donna Balancia