By: Gary Graff
Iggy and the Stooges are planning to be back in rock action this year.
HitFix reports that the group has finished a new album, "Ready To Die," for release later this year. It's the group's first set of music since "The Weirdness" in 2007, and its first with guitarist James Williamson since 1973's iconic "Raw Power."
Iggy Pop, who also worked with Williamson on the 1977 album "Kill City," told us a bit about what this version of the Stooges sounds like in 2013:
"It might sound halfway between 'Raw Power' and 'Kill City.' That's my best guess because I still have certain areas where I've not fully matured, and those come out in...some of the way I attack the vocals. And James has a more even and, I think at this point...he's probably less of a pit-bull and more of a Doberman. He had five years' experience as a recording engineer and then a long career wtih Sony Electronics, and he's become more, he's very meticulous."
Williamson rejoined the Stooges in 2009, shortly after the death of founding guitarist Ron Asheton. "Ready To Die" producer Ed Cherney told HitFix that the new album is "old-time Stooges. It's raw. They're great songs, but not necessarily big choruses. They're the anti-Christ of anthems." Cherney added that Pop's lyrics are "very timeley. He knows what he wants to say. He's watching the world around him."
Song titles, according to Cherney, include "Gun" and "I Got a Job, But It Don't Pay S***." Iggy and the Stooges will tour Australia in March, including shows at the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle and at Bluesfest in Tyagarah. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
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