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IGGY Pop is to host Christmas BBC 6 Music Shows, it has been revealed.

The BBC Digital Radio show will offer up the mic to Iggy Pop, real name James Newell Osterberg, Jr., will present two shows during the festival period part of a Christmas and New Year lineup that also includes Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash.

The punk star, fresh from his recent tour with The Stooges 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.”

Iggy Pop released his first material with The Stooges for six years in 2013. He has worked with some of the biggest pioneers in music including David Bowie.

His lunchtime broadcast on Christmas day will finish just in-time for the Queens speech, he continued: “I was a little worried that the listening might feel ragged for the kind of people who can’t embrace Duane Eddy and, say, the Last Poets in the same hour with Doc Watson. Well, that’s too damn bad,” he said.

“I’ve listened to all this music for the shows and it all flows for me. I hope to reach out and touch you.”

BBC 6 Music 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.”