Iggy Pop has cast doubt on the future of The Stooges following the death of Scott Asheton.
As reported, Asheton, drummer for groundbreaking rock band, died aged 64 earlier this week. A founding member of the group, Asheton retired temporarily in 2011 following a stroke. He remained with The Stooges for 2013 album ‘Ready To Die’, but did not tour on health grounds.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in a new interview about Asheton, Iggy Pop says that he “can’t see” the band playing in the future. “I don’t want to say that I’m done with the band,” he says. “I would just say that I feel like the group has always included the Asheton brothers. When Ron passed away, Scott represented him. Nearly everything we play, Ron played on originally. I don’t feel right now like there’s any reason for me to go jumping out onstage in tight Levi’s. What am I going to scream about?”
Continuing, the frontman goes on to say that he has no plans to tour in any capacity for at least two years: “I just can’t see the band playing in the near future. It would just be wrong. But if something comes up, you should be open to it. It depends on the feeling of the family and the surviving members. James Williamson was in the group and I’ve been there since it started. It would depend on the realities and the musical truth.”
Asheton’s bandmate and brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, passed away in 2009. The Asheton brothers founded The Stooges in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 with bassist Dave Alexander and Iggy Pop, aka Jim Osterberg. Their self-titled 1969 debut, the following year’s ‘Fun House’ and 1973’s ‘Raw Power’ are said to have laid the foundations of punk music.
Following The Stooges’ split in 1974, Asheton went on to play in a number of different groups, including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the Scott Morgan Band and Dark Carnival, and with artists including Sonny Vincent. The Stooges reunited in 2003, and following the death of his brother, Iggy Pop and Scott Asheton were the group’s only consistent members.