A brief history of stagediving
Stage diving didn’t exist before Iggy Pop – simply put, no one was to jump off the stage onto and into the crowd (as he did during his 2004 gig in Dublin Castle, above). Yet during the early
Pop was so fuelled up on the excitement of the music and the nervy rush of that he shrugged off self-consciousness and offered himself to the audience (he also himself with broken bottle glass, but that’s another story). In many ways, stage diving was a confrontational and edgy
deliverance and – ultimately – faith in the audience; what Pop was possibly very aware of was how it connected with the audience’s potential for proximity to genuine danger. Stage diving can cause – pity the stage diver who is given the cold shoulder by an audience; pity the people that the stage diver lands upon. Stage diving and
is now a regular part of countless rock stars’ acts, but only a few can get away with it. And only one person can do it with such authority – Iggy Pop.