Iggy Pop is to present two programmes for BBC 6 Music this Christmas and New Year.
The station says the shows – on Christmas Day afternoon and New Year’s Day afternoon – will offer listeners an ‘exclusive insight into the mind of one of the most influential rock stars of the last 40 years’. In the first show he’ll explore the theme of Rockin’ Rebels, and Heartbreak and Heartaches in the second.
Iggy Pop said, “To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I’ve had to dig back to things that I haven’t heard in a long, long time, but that still carry memories of joy and compulsion. I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do.
6 Music will also air an interview with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Christmas Day, with the drummer chatting to presenter Matt Everitt. Boxing Day on the station will feature a two-hour special presented by Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from The Clash.
The station’s Head of Programmes, Paul Rodgers, said, “Iggy Pop, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones and Lars Ulrich are fascinating characters and have recorded some great shows, with a wide range of eclectic and exciting music choices which could only be heard on a station like BBC Radio 6 Music, and we hope they will delight our listeners over the festive period.”
Other festive highlights just announced include live OBs from Manchester city centre for Shaun Keaveny and Radcliffe and Maconie on 20th December; Brian Eno joining Jarvis Cocker on the last Sunday Service before Christmas and New Year’s Eve specials from Craig Charles and Nemone, who will welcome in 2014.
Nemone said, “I am thrilled to be manning the 6 Music decks this New Year’s Eve. It will be great to hear from listeners on the night. I’m going to put together a blinding playlist including some of the biggest tunes of the year, some old skool bangers and a few surprises as well. It’s going to be one helluva party.”