According to The Stooges guitarist James Williamson, the band is over as far as he is concerned. Founding drummer Scott Asheton died in 2014 and original bassist Dave Alexander passed away back in 1975.
Williamson says that it would be “ludicrous” to tour under the name Iggy Pop and The Stooges anymore. The band have toured with various lineups down through the years, but Williamson doesn’t expect to be out on the road again with them.
Speaking in a new interview with Joel Gausten, Williamson said “The Stooges is over. Basically, everybody’s dead except for Iggy and I, so it would be sort of ludicrous to try to tour as Iggy And The Stooges with only one Stooge in the band, and then you have side guys.”
He continued by saying “That doesn’t make any sense to me. And frankly, I don’t want to tour anymore. I’m kind of done with it. I also feel like we’re getting a little long in the tooth to be doing these show anymore.”
Despite these reservations, he still thinks the band are great when they do live shows “I know Iggy does them, and people seem to like them. That’s fine, but I feel like I don’t want to beat it into the ground. In 2013, we were still kind of kicking butt on stage, and I think we could hold up to most bands – young bands, in fact.”
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