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The self-destructive legacy of the infamous Stooge

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Rumors Circulate That Iggy Plans to Kill Himself Onstage (1973)
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Rumors Circulate That Iggy Plans to Kill Himself Onstage (1973)

As Iggy's life degenerated into a non-stop whirl of violence and drugs, even the most insane rumors about him sounded credible. According to Paul Trynka's Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed, regulars at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco in L.A. "gossiped that Iggy was asking a New York promoter for a one-million-dollar fee to commit suicide live on stage at Madison Square Garden." Andy Warhol disagreed – Iggy was going to off himself at a special New Year's Eve show at New York's Academy of Music, the artist insisted. Iggy did not in fact kill himself at that show, though he did strangely announce every song as "Heavy Liquid," to his band's confusion.

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