I must admit that I was a little bit more than sceptical when it was announced at the tail end of February, that Iggy & The Stooges were planning on releasing a new album – entitled ‘Ready To Die’ – on April 30th, via Fat Possum Records. Since then, a new song called ‘Burn’, has appeared online this week, and you can listen to what is the first taster of what to expect from the punk legends here https://soundcloud.com/fatpossum/iggy-and-the-stooges-burn .
The last record to include ‘The Stooges’ moniker, was 2007’s very patchy and tinny sounding ‘The Weirdness’, which in my book, is the sole blemish on their previously impeccable output. Since the passing of Ron Ashton in 2009, Iggy has said that, “although ‘the Stooges’ died with Ron Asheton, there is still ‘Iggy and the Stooges’.” – who released the punk masterpiece ‘Raw Power’ in 1973. This is down to former axeman James Williamson, who replaced Ashton, and played and wrote on that previous album forty years ago, having returned to the fold. The full line up who appear on the new release, includes the aforementioned Iggy and Williamson, as well as original drummer Scot Asheton and bassist Mike Watt, of fIREHOUSE and Minutemen fame, who has been playing with the band since their initial return 10 years ago.
Regarding the soon to be released ‘Ready To Die’, the seemingly ageless frontman revealed: “My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records. They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…” And now that I have listened to ‘Burn’ countless times, Williamson’s screeching guitar intro immediatley grabs your attention, and along with Iggy’s distinctive vocal sound, I can safely say that I am very glad they’ve decided to go back and ‘make fucking records”.
Don’t miss out on their following Australian Tour dates:
Saturday 23 March – West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Fremantle
Monday 25 March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday 27 March – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Saturday 30 March – Bluesfest, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
Tuesday 2 April – Hordern Pavillion, Sydney