Posted June 23, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Famous Stooges Performance from 1970 Captured on New Reissue

The Stooges
The Stooges

A particularly aggressive live act, the Stooges left an incredibly legacy during their 1970s heyday. The band’s in fine form on the forthcoming Live At Goose Lake: August 8, 1970, which will feature a previously-unheard, high-quality soundboard recording of the original Stooges lineup’s final performance that was recorded just before the release of their 1970 album Fun House.

The album will be available on vinyl, CD and digital on Aug. 7, nearly 50 years to the day after the performance. 

Vance Powell (the White Stripes, Chris Stapleton) restored the audio, and Bill Skibbe at Third Man Mastering handled the mastering. Former Creem contributor Jaan Uhelzski provided the liner notes. 

This 1/4-inch stereo two-track tape of the Stooges complete performance was found buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse with other analog artifacts of the same era. 

There will be two limited-edition colored vinyl variants available as well — the Rough Trade version will be on purple-colored vinyl with a standard LP jacket, and the indie exclusive version will be on cream-colored vinyl with a screen-printed LP jacket. You can pre-order the album here.

Reportedly bassist Dave Alexander, due to nerves or overindulgence or whatever you choose, famously spaced out in front of 200,000 attendees and didn’t play a single note on stage. Singer Iggy Pop immediately fired him following the gig. And yet, this reissue suggests he actually did play bass during the concert.

“Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the performance, Live at Goose Lake: August 8th, 1970 is the rare release that literally rewrites the history of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees,” promises a press release about the album.


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