Iggy Pop to reunite ‘Raw Power’-era Stooges

Pop also reveals that guitarist Ron Asheton 'left six or seven new tracks'

Iggy Pop has hinted that he may reform The Stooges to play songs from their classic 1973 album ‘Raw Power’.

Pop confirmed the news in an interview with The Australian, saying that he recently met ‘Raw Power’ guitarist James Williamson and discussed reuniting to play songs from the album with him.

“I had a meeting in LA last week with James (Williamson),” he said. “It was the first time we had seen each other in 30 years. So we talked about doing something together. ‘Raw Power’ would be the repertoire.”

In January this year, original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton died of a heart attack. Asheton played bass on ‘Raw Power’, and also reunited with The Stooges for their 2003 album ‘The Weirdness’ and subsequent tours.

Although Asheton was an original member of The Stooges, Pop commented that “There is always Iggy And The Stooges, the second growth of the band.”

Speaking shortly after Asheton‘s death, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones told NME.COM that he would be keen to replace him.

“If they wanna carry on, I’d gladly step into his shoes,” Jones said. “It’d be a laugh. You can put that out there. If they wanna carry on, I wouldn’t mind playing a bit of guitar.”

Pop also confirmed that Asheton had written six or seven “hard-driving rhythm tracks” before his death that could be used in a future project.

On their recent reunion tours, The Stooges have refrained from playing any material from ‘Raw Power’. The album includes some of their best known songs, including ‘Search And Destroy’, ‘Gimme Danger’ and the title track.

It is currently unconfirmed who would play Asheton‘s bass parts in the reformation, although Minutemen‘s Mike Watt has played the instrument for The Stooges since 2003.