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James Williamson: The Return of Raw Power

In a recent interview with Crawdaddy! magazine, James Williamson talked about rejoining the Stooges, working on Raw Power and Kill City, and mixing and songwriting. He also spoke about the possibility of recording new singles with the Stooges, and said: “We’re continuing to work on new material, even though we haven’t had much time off the road yet. So this is the period when we’re starting to do that. But we have to have new riffs that capture our imagination, and the lyrics have to match that, and finally the performance has to be such that we can feel proud of it. The bar is set pretty high … we don’t want to release something that’s not up to par with the Stooges material, but I think we can do it.”

Read more at Crawdaddy!

Iggy and the Stooges Confirmed For Optimus Alive Festival July 7th!

Optimus Alive Festival 2011The iconic Iggy and the Stooges are coming to Portugal for a performance that is expected to be incendiary. The band will play at the Optimus Alive Festival on July 7th in Lisbon. It is no exaggeration to say that without Iggy and the Stooges, rock would be very different from what we know today. The Stooges shook the foundations of music, redefining the concept of the concert and opening doors to a new generation. To buy tickets and find more information, visit

James Williamson Writing New Songs For The Stooges

James Williamson has told FasterLouder that he is eager to return to the studio to record with the Stooges. He’s been “writing new riffs and so forth with the hope that we’ll record some new material at some point. We keep working through that to see if we can find some stuff that we think is up to par with some of our earlier stuff and see what happens there.” He added, “Albums are kind of meaningless these days so it’s not really important to wait till we have a whole album. If we’ve got one or two songs that we like then we can just cut ’em and release ’em and go that way.”

Read the full article at FasterLouder.

Iggy And The Stooges 40th Anniversary Event In The Works

During a benefit event on December 9th for Los Angeles radio station KCRW, which was hosted by Henry Rollins, he said plans are in the works for an Iggy and the Stooges 40th anniversary performance in Michigan. Rollins said he may host the event and possibly sing on a few songs. “We’re just working on it right now, but whatever they ask, I’ll do it,” he said. You can read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Buy Tickets Now For Iggy And The Stooges At Evolution Festival On May 28th

Evolution Festival

The Evolution Festival is proud to announce that the legendary Iggy and the Stooges will headline its show on Saturday May 28th in Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, England, during Bank Holiday Weekend. The band’s “raw power and incendiary live performances are the stuff of rock n’ roll legend,” Evolution said in a statement. “Iggy Pop is a genuine musical icon and an influential innovator of rock n roll so expect Iggy and the Stooges sound to reverberate all over the North East.”

“I’ve always liked the north. I like the bands too. I’m ready to get down and rave like a Geordie. I’m really happy we get a chance to play at Evolution. We are all deranged spitfires. Do you wanna dance?” – Iggy Pop

“It’s a testament to the growing international profile of Evolution that we are able to secure and announce our 2011 headliners so early. Iggy and The Stooges will own the mainstage on the Saturday night – Iggy’s unparalleled energy makes him one of the finest front men ever to grace the stage and the North East is in for a real treat with this headline performance.” – Jim Mawdsley and Dave Stone, Evolution Promoters

To buy tickets, please visit the official Evolution Festival website. Plan B will headline the second night of the festival on Sunday May 29th. Ticket info: £35 +bf for the weekend / £25 + bf day ticket .

The Stooges Raw Power Deluxe Edition Gets Rave Review

In a rave review of The Stooges’ Raw Power Deluxe Edition, the Associated Press writes that “there is nothing that sounds like … ‘Raw Power,'” and “this reissue is a classic effort with The Stooges at their raw and powerful best.” The AP adds, “No variation in the mix “can tame such classics as ‘Search and Destroy,’ ‘Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell,’ ‘Penetration’ or the title track, and ‘Gimme Danger’ may be the toughest song ever built around an acoustic guitar.”

You can purchase Raw Power Deluxe Edition at the Official Store. The complete Associated Press review, with more details about the Deluxe Edition, is available at Yahoo! News.

The Stooges Live At Ungano’s Available Today

“Have Some Fun: Live At Ungano’s” is in stores today, featuring Iggy and the Stooges playing in concert on August 17, 1970. The album captures the Stooges performing the entire “Fun House” album except for “L.A. Blues,” along with the previously unreleased tracks “Have Some Fun” and “My Dream Is Dead.” The 8-song set is accompanied by a poster, reproductions of two glossy photos from the concert, and new liner notes by Lenny Kaye. You can find more information about the album at

Complete Funhouse Sessions Re-Released Today

The Complete Funhouse Sessions, which showcases more than 7 hours of recording sessions that went into the making of The Stooges’ Fun House album, has been re-released today! The boxed set includes every take from every Fun House session, remastered, in order, with all the music, false starts, jokes, and equipment hum. Of the 142 tracks, all but nine were previously unreleased, with 109 containing music and 33 containing studio dialogue. The set includes 7 CDs and a poster that features the original unretouched band photographs from both the front and back album cover. More information is available at