Iggy Pop unsure of Stooges' future after Asheton death

The godfather of punk rock, Iggy Pop & The Stooges (with Scott Asheton on drums), played a raucous...

The godfather of punk rock, Iggy Pop & The Stooges (with Scott Asheton on drums), played a raucous raw energy brand of music at a free concert held at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of the NXNE concert series. It is Iggy and The Stooges only Canadian date. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

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Iggy Pop has cast doubt on the future of his rock band The Stooges following the tragic death of Scot Asheton, insisting the group won't feel the same without the drummer and his brother.

The punk icon is the only surviving member of the original line-up, which was founded in 1967 with bassist Dave Alexander, Asheton and his older brother, guitarist Ron, who died in 2009 - and he admits he is not sure if The Stooges can live on.

The singer has opened up about the band and the loss of Asheton in a tribute piece for Rolling Stone magazine, revealing the drummer died after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, a day before Iggy Pop broke the sad news to fans in a post on Facebook.com.

In the article, Pop praises the 64-year-old's musical skills, stating, "Scott played drums with a boxer's authority".

And he admits it will be tough to play The Stooges material without his old pal.

He writes, "I don't want to say that I'm done with the band. 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 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 (Asheton) family and the surviving members..."

And Pop, 66, admits he is eager to take a step back from the stage altogether: "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...?

"I have no plans to tour solo. I definitely have no plans to be a touring musician for the next couple of years. I've toured almost every year out of the past 40 years. I'll probably tour again at some point, but I don't know when and I don't know how."

 


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