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Iggy Pop: James Williamson Is A 'brutal' Guitarist


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Iggy Pop describes James Williamson as a ''brutal'' guitarist.

The Stooges frontman notices distinctive differences between his bandmate's instrumental skills compared to original guitar player RON ASHETON, who passed away in 2009, and feels there is more ''control'' in James' performances - unlike the late rocker's ''intuitive'' approach.

He said: ''With early Stooges, half of Ron's contribution was intuitive in that he just let the guitar and the amp talk in the spirit of [Brison] Gysin and [William] Burroughs' cut-ups.

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Iggy Pop Writing New Tracks


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Iggy Pop has been working on new songs with The Stooges.

The 'Lust for Life' singer has been writing tracks with guitarist James Williamson, who played on the group's definitive 1973 album 'Raw Power' and rejoined in 2009 after the death of original guitarist RON ASHETON.

Iggy told RollingStone.com: "We started trading stuff by MP3 back and forth as soon as we started. We actually did get together this spring. He came to my house in Miami and we wrote 10 things. I think we like about half of them.

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Iggy Pop Pays Tribute To Late The Stooges Guitarist


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Iggy Pop hushed the crowd at his band The Stooges' tribute show for late guitarist RON ASHETON on Tuesday night (19Apr11) to give his own heartfelt thanks to his late pal.

The punk icon and his reunited group performed at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater to honour the memory of Asheton, who suffered a heart attack and died at his home in the city in January, 2009.

And, amid the mayhem of a Stooges show, Iggy Pop took a moment to personally honour his late friend.

He told the crowd, "I need to thank Ron. He sort of peed this beautiful music all over me. When I started a band Ron was the first guy who got behind me. I owe him... I know he's trying to flick ashes on my head from heaven right now."

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The Stooges Promise Uplifting Tribute


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The Stooges promise they will pay an "uplifting" tribute to late guitarist RON ASHETON next week.

The band - led by vocalist Iggy Pop - will perform a belated tribute show to the guitarist, who passed away in 2009, next Tuesday (19.04.11) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the town where the band formed.

Scott Asheton, who was Ron's brother, said: "It's not going to be a sombre event. It's going to be an uplifting event, Ron loved Ann Arbor very much - it's the reason he didn't leave.

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Williamson Rejoins The Stooges To Replace Asheton


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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 will be a part of the group when it performs classic punk album Raw Power in its entirety at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in London next May (10).

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Pop Plans To Push On With The Stooges


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Iggy Pop is considering reteaming with guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON as The Stooges' potential replacement for late rocker RON ASHETON.


Asheton, 60, died from a heart attack on 6 January (09) - just months after reconciling with Iggy Pop for a Stooges comeback.


But the punk icon isn't going to let the tragedy wreck his reunion plans - he has been negotiating terms with Williamson, who played guitar on the bands classic Raw Power album.


Pop tells Undercover.com.au, "I had a meeting in L.A. last week with James. It was the first time we had seen each other in 30 years. So we talked about doing something together."

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Asheton To Be Honoured At Detroit Music Awards


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Late The Stooges rocker RON ASHETON will be the focus of a tribute at the Detroit Music Awards in Michigan next month (Apr09).


The guitarist, 60, reportedly died from a heart attack on 6 January (09) - just months after reconciling with Iggy Pop for a Stooges comeback.


And he'll be remembered at the Fillmore Detroit as part of the 18th annual city prizegiving, which will feature a reunion of the original Amboy Dukes and a tribute to Motown on the soul label's 50th anniversary.


The Amboy Dukes will be presented with a Distinguished Achievement Award and they will perform together for the first time in 30 years.

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Jones To Join The Stooges?


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British punk icon Steve Jones has offered his services to Iggy Pop as the Lust for Life hitmaker contemplates life after the death of The Stooges guitarist RON ASHETON.
Asheton, 60, reportedly died from a heart attack on 6 January (09) - just months after reconciling with Pop for a Stooges comeback.


But Jones is keen to keep the band's plans on track after quitting his job as a Los Angeles DJ.


He tells the Los Angeles Times that he and Pop have been talking about Jones becoming an honorary member of The Stooges for upcoming tour dates.

Matlock And Gillespie Add To Asheton Tributes


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Sex Pistols guitarist Glen Matlock and Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie are the latest rockers to pay tribute to The Stooges star RON ASHETON, who died on Tuesday (06Jan09).


The 60-year-old's body was discovered by police in the living room of his Michigan home after his personal assistant raised the alarm about his whereabouts when she couldn't reach the star.


Cops believe the rocker suffered a heart attack a few days previously, although the official cause of death has yet to be determined.


And musicians have been honouring Asheton with heartfelt tributes - with Gillespie branding the rocker "one of the greats".

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The Stooges Lead Tributes To Late Asheton


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Iggy Pop and the remaining members of The Stooges have paid tribute to late guitarist RON ASHETON after he was found dead at his Michigan home on Tuesday (06Jan09).


The 60-year-old's body was discovered by police in the living room of his Ann Arbor house after his personal assistant raised the alarm about his whereabouts when she couldn't reach the star.


Cops believe the rocker suffered a heart attack a few days previously, although the official cause of death has yet to be determined.


In a combined statement released by Pop, drummer and Asheton's brother Scott, saxophonist Steve MACkay, bassist Mike Watt and The Stooges' management, they say: "We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron's death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.

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