The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, perhaps looking to bolster the rocker cred of one its most undeniably pop inductees yet, is going a little left field with its choice of performers to pay tribute to Madonna at next week’s induction ceremony: Iggy & The Stooges. Then again, it’s not clear who would be a more obvious choice as a younger heir apparent to the singer’s legacy of blonde ambition, given the more wholesome new crop of Disneyfied starlets, and the fact that the pop tarts of yesteryear that Madonna previously passed the torch to with her tongue are currently popping out babies or otherwise, er, indisposed.
Rolling Stone notes that both Iggy Pop and Madge hail from Detroit, but misses perhaps a more crucial link: the Stooges’ bassist in its current incarnation is punk legend Mike Watt, whose obsession with Madonna once spurred friends Sonic Youth to record an entire album in tribute to her in 1988. No word on whether Watt will get to sing his rendition of “Burnin’ Up” at the ceremony.
Iggy & The Stooges to Perform for Madonna at Rock Hall Ceremony [Rolling Stone]