Iggy Pop is one of the nicest dudes in rock, possessing a genuinely infectious good humor and tireless energy that’s almost inconceivable given the things he has done to his body.
That being said, it's doubly uncool that someone ripped off the rental truck loaded with Iggy and the Stooges' equipment on Monday following their gig in Montreal. According to the Detroit Free Press, the van was stolen from outside the group's hotel, the Embassy Suites in Montreal, and the instruments and equipment inside were worth "tens of thousands" of dollars, said road manager Eric Fischer.
One item, described by Fischer as "priceless," could be a future Rock Hall showpiece: Stooges 2.0 bassist Mike Watt's vintage Gibson bass, which has been his trusty sidekick and ax of choice since his days in legendary San Pedro, California, punk band the Minutemen.
"That bass would go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame someday if we could find it," Fischer told the paper. "We're all just gutted." Fischer noticed the 15-foot Penske truck — which also contained drummer Scott Asheton's entire kit and guitarist Ron Asheton's guitars and amps — was missing from its spot across the street from the hotel around 7:30 a.m. The night before, the reunited band had played their first Canadian show in more than 30 years.
The group will play their Wednesday gig in Toronto using donated and rented equipment, but Fischer has asked anyone with information about the gear to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Stooges have also set up a Web site with a list of all the gear that's missing.