“I heard about what happened to Alex almost immediately after the fact from his brother Whitey who played guitar alongside Alex in The Trolls, my band from 1998 to 2003. I felt terrible and although it won’t bring him back I really hope they find the person who hit him and ran.
Alex deserves a lot of recognition for his contributions to the arts. He was a drummer with a thunderous left hand but he was so much more than that in the arts scene around Los Angeles. He was a member of a very interesting indie band called the Nymphs and he’d had a very solid career as a set designer in major studio films and TV for some years. His son Lucius danced his debut this week with the American ballet theatre in New York and I wish Alex had been around for that he had a lot to do with it. The Kirsts are a unique and artistic family and I know they will all miss him, as I do.
Alex was a very, very nice and good person he helped a lot of people, including me.”
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 have been confirmed to play the Rock in IdRho Festival on June 15th! The event, at Arena Fiera in Milan, Italy, also will feature the Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Band Of Horses, and more. You can buy tickets at Vivaticket. Stay tuned for more information at RockinIdRho.com.
The 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 OptimusAlive.com.
Praxis’ album Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness, previously only available as an import, will be released in the United States on January 25th. The album features Iggy Pop singing on the track “Furies.” You can read more about the album at the Detroit Metro Times.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2011 has added more star power to its line up, with Iggy and the Stooges performing on the main stage on Saturday, June 11th. You can read more information and buy tickets at the official Isle of Wight Festival website.
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.
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.
On January 11th, the Shout! Factory will reissue a DVD set of PUNK: Attitude, a punk rock documentary that was directed by Don Letts and features footage of The Stooges, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Ramones, Black Flag, and many others, and then-and-now interviews with David Johansen, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Henry Rollins, and more. You can pre-order the DVD at the Shout! Factory store.
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 .
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.”
“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 Rhino.com.