A brief his­tory of stage­div­ing

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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.

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