The Stooges

The Stooges

He asked me if I wanted to play guitar again... I figured, 'What the hell, let's do it.'

Iggy Pop has revamped his band The Stooges by inviting former guitarist James Williamson to join a reunion following the death of Ron Asheton.

Williamson, who hasn't performed since The Stooges split in 1974, was considering early retirement from his computer job in California when his former bandmate called to ask him if he'd be interested in rejoining the act.

The guitarist says, "He asked me if I wanted to play guitar again... I figured, 'What the hell, let's do it.'" Williamson has been rehearsing with The Stooges in Los Angeles and willbe a part of the group when it performs classic 1973 album Raw Power in its entirety at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in London next May (10).

Williamson took over guitar duties on the classic album when Asheton, who died of a heart attack in January (09), moved over to play bass on therecording.


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