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Henry Rollins: The Column! Is Raw Power the American Answer to Exile on Main St.?

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Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:30 AM

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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]

See also:

*Henry Rollins: The Column! The War On Christmas Starts With Me

*Our review of Iggy and The Stooges at Hollywood Palladium, 12-01-11

*Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender On Raw Meat And Sexism In Mexico

Last week I was at the Palladium for the Stooges. The show was sold out and I felt lucky to have gotten a ticket.

A chance to see Iggy Pop -- the Heavyweight Champion of rock and roll -- causes three things to happen to me every time. First, the excitement I feel before Iggy hits stage is unlike any I have for any other band. Second, the amount of adrenaline coursing through me when the band is ripping through their set makes me feel like I am plugged into life's main circuit. Third, it takes days for me to come down. I have to listen to Stooges and Iggy records constantly until I finally level out.

A Stooges show is unlike any other. It's like the chase scene in an action film. It's like watching a boxing match that goes the distance. It is not just another night out -- it is a chapter of your life.

The other night at the Palladium was one of those nights. Le Butcherettes opened. They are a great band! The front woman, Teri Gender Bender, is full-on magnetic brilliance. Their new album Sin Sin Sin is great and live the songs are even better.

They're the perfect opening band for the Stooges, who opened with "Raw Power." They let the intro vamp for a moment and then the Man hit the stage and the place went off. It was amazing to see all those people react so strongly to the band. This crowd got it -- they got it big time.

Song after song erupted from the stage and it was like I had never heard them before, never marveled at how damn good and solid songs like "Search and Destroy," "I Need Somebody," "Open Up And Bleed" and "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" are. This happens every time I see them.

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