Iggy Pop’s turn at videogame stardom will come with a twist: He’s appearing as a tiny little plastic version of himself in the upcoming Lego Rock Band.
Footage of the former Stooges front man as a little Lego guy turned up on the French gaming site Jeuxvideo, showing an appropriately shirtless Mr. Pop rocking out to “The Passenger.” Harmonix confirmed the iconic punk figure would appear in the game in a forum post over the weekend, saying that while appearances by real musicians would be inappropriate for a standard Rock Band title, they’re great for Lego Rock Band.
“I talked about this a little when I talked at Boston Postmort. Real people is something that totally fits with Lego when they’re a minifig, but would never fit in a mainline Rock Band game,” Dan Teasdale of Harmonix wrote. “Also, something that was announced but not picked up by most of the articles I’ve seen: Iggy is also the voice of the tutorials in LRB. He’s an incredibly nice, sweet, and awesome guy by all reports.”
Iggy’s inclusion in Lego Rock Band is an interesting choice. While he’s not widely viewed as an overly subversive character now that he’s in his 60s, his days with the Stooges aren’t exactly what most people would consider “kid friendly.” Lego Rock Band, meanwhile, is clearly aiming at a younger demographic than the normal Rock Band audience. On the other hand, he’s not dead and that’s looking like a pretty big plus these days.
Lego Rock Band is currently scheduled for release on November 30 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS.