20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments

The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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Iggy Commands an Audience to Rip Apart a Fence (August 9, 1970)
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Iggy Commands an Audience to Rip Apart a Fence (August 9, 1970)

By all accounts, the Goose Lake International Music Festival was a druggy free-for-all. But the festival organizers hoped to keep Iggy in check. He was forbidden from stage diving, with security placed onstage to keep him out of the crowd and a wooden fence erected between performers and patrons. Frustrated at these limitations, Iggy began chanting "Tear it down!" according to Paul Trynka's Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed. The audience, likely looking for an excuse to go wild anyway, obeyed his commands, ripping wooden planks away to destroy the barrier. During the mayhem, bassist Dave Alexander, stoned and terrified, panicked and was unable to keep the beat. The songs fell apart and Iggy, furious, fired Alexander immediately after the show.

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