Raw Power-era Stooges Reunite, Plan ATP Appearance, New Material, Tour

<i>Raw Power</i>-era Stooges Reunite, Plan ATP Appearance, New Material, Tour
A few months ago, we heard hints of a possible Stooges reunion, which would feature the line-up that performed on their legendary 1973 Raw Power record. At the time, Iggy Pop had met with James Williamson, who took over on guitar when the now late Ron Asheton switched to bass, hinting that the singer had hopes of bringing the album on the road.

Now, these rumours are being supported by Williamson, who recently told Rolling Stone that the band are indeed forging on as Iggy and the Stooges.

"He asked me if I wanted to play guitar again," Williamson told the magazine. "I was about to take an early retirement from my job in Silicon Valley, so I figured, 'What the hell, let's do it.'"

Williamson, who hasn't performed with the band since 1974, has since been rehearsing with the Stooges in Los Angeles. Now, ready to play, the band have scheduled their first appearances on March 2 and 3, 2010, at the ATP Festival in London, where they'll perform Raw Power in its entirety.

The guitarist also said that fans can probably expect touring and even some new material from Iggy and the Stooges.

"The two of us have a long history of writing new tunes... It's probably a safe bet we will [write new material] at some point," the guitar player said.