Mike Watt has always been a huge Madonna fan. When it was announced that she would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there was a bit of an uproar. Madonna? Rock and Roll? The solution was obvious. Trot some Stooges up onstage and blow the ears off the doubters. It worked like a charm.
Watt and Thurston Moore once put together a goof act called “Ciccone Youth”. Download it today. You have not lived until you have heard the best bass player on Earth cover “Into the Groove.” I’m serious.
Madonna does rock, and last night Iggy sat on Justin Timberlake’s lap to spit the proof into her face. Should be on YouTube as we speak. Good times.
If you did not witness the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards live tonight on VH1 Classic, I suggest you catch it on the repeats. Leonard Cohen is God, and they allowed the truth to get out. There are only a few humans that are allowed to live on that level. For the rest of us on the next step down, it is like an extended hand offered to climb up. Tonight on actual live television, I heard what I have always felt…
“We are so lucky to be alive at the same time that Leonard Cohen is.”
-Lou Reed, in the midst of a truly dangerous introduction speech.
Then, what next? Hard to believe, pinching myself on live TV stuff, that’s what. Madonna’s induction included a blistering tribute by Mike Watt, Iggy Pop, and the Stooges. Doing “Burnin’ Up” and “Ray of Light”. I am not kidding. It actually happened, and it was more real than anything else on the air, ever.
I know Watt. We’ve had fellowship in the sand. I know what he was feeling when he bowed to her in the kitchen after the set. You MUST see this when they show it again. Standing ovation. For the rest of my life.