Iggy Pop pumps up the volume

Iggy Pop played much too loud at a festival in Switzerland in the summer, reaching a decibel level of 102.5 and incurring the displeasure of local authorities. The Stooges frontman was appearing at the Blue Balls Festival in July, where Lucerne authorities had set acceptable noise levels for the event at 100 decibels, in itself an exception to the rule, seven decibels higher than normally permitted for such events. The festival’s producers now face a fine of 1,500 swiss francs for letting Pop get too noisy. Which, in the grand scheme of things, is not a huge amount of money. So perhaps it was worth it.

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