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LUST FOR LIFE: Iggy Pop thought Elton John in GORILLA suit ‘was going to KILL him’ at drug-fuelled party 

IGGY Pop once thought that Elton John dressed as a gorilla was going to kill him during a wild party in the 1970s. 

The 75-year-old rock star – whose real name is James Newell Osterberg Jr – recalled the “funny” time in 1973 when ‘Your Song’ hitmaker Elton, 75, donned a “huge” costume while he was “really out of it” and gave him a shock. 

Iggy Pop and Elton in the 1970s – CREDIT: Elton John

He said Elton had “great fun” whilst once terrorising him in a gorilla suit – brining a true to life revelation of the wild parties thrown by Elton John – In the widely acclaimed movie ‘Rocketman’ – Eltons battle with fame, drugs and mental health was explored in a hedonistic binge, and Iggy’s revelation gives even more wild insight into the wild seventies celebrity drug-fuelled parties before they could be leaked to the tabloids via a smartphone. 

Elton in Gorilla suit with shocked Iggy Pop.

Iggy revealed: “I was really out of it. I’d done too much on the downside the night before, so I had to be injected madly to get to the point where I could just barely stand up straight and hold the mike. And then I saw this gorilla. I realised it wasn’t a real gorilla, but anyone who puts on a gorilla suit looks huge.”

The ‘Passenger’ singer went on to admit that he felt as if the ‘gorilla’ could “kill” him as he had no clue that it was Elton. 

He said: “You don’t know who’s in there. It could be Billy Bob and he’s going to kill me.”

However, the former Stooges frontman soon realised it was the ‘Crocodile Rock’ legend himself -whose real name is Reginald Dwight -playing a trick on him. 

Iggy said: “He just picked me up for a little bit and gave me a little carry around. It was very funny.”

Meanwhile, the BBC 6 Music presenter feels his career – which has spanned more than five decades – has become “physically harder” but as time has gone on but has also become “easier” in all other aspects. 

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Iggy told this months Mojo magazine: “It’s physically harder but, mentally and emotionally, which is the bigger part of life, it’s gotten much, much easier. Because the big problem before was the size of career, size of audience. How many units are you generating? How many people are listening? When your size isn’t big enough, you get all sorts of pushback from the world in general, and from the inner layers of the industry. 

“But everything kind of added up and I have a lot of records out there. They all sell.”



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