A T-shirt for sale online that pays tribute to the recently departedLou Reed is grabbing a whole lotta attention for the wrong reasons. It's not the legendary Velvet Underground frontman's photo that's sandwiched between the words "Lou Reed" and "1942-2013."
When the producers of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' found themselves without the services of Who vocalist Roger Daltrey for an upcoming episode of the show, they turned to another rock legend who likes to leave his shirt unbuttoned: Iggy Pop.
Who would have ever guessed that in 2013, we would be talking about a new Stooges album? The odds were certainly not in that column, but then in 2003, the unexpected happened and Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton and brother Scott plugged in once again. They toured and wowed young and old fans alike with their brutal rock and roll assault, and even released a reunion album, although 2007's 'The Weirdness' was hardly the stuff of legend and kind of a false-start comeback.
The ear-melting riff that opens 'Burn' -- Iggy Pop and the Stooges' new single -- makes it clear that this is no nostalgia act. Not only do these guys still have their edge, four decades after their crunchy punk rock classic of a debut, you could argue that 'Burn' is all edge.
The Iggy and the Stooges album 'Raw Power' turns 40 this month, and the group is also planning a new release. Iggy Pop, James Williamson and Scott Asheton have united to record 'Ready to Die,' their second album featuring the surviving members of that lineup. (2007's 'The Weirdness' featured the surviving members of the Ron Asheton-fronted Stooges lineup.)
Original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton passed away in 2009, but his dynamic playing and presence has not been forgotten. On April 19, 2011, his former bandmates held a tribute concert to honor his legacy and music. A DVD from that night, appropriately titled 'Tribute to Ron Asheton,' is now making its way to DVD on June 4 via MVD.
Generations of rock stars collide on a new song composed for HBO's hit vampire drama, 'True Blood.' The episode that will debut July 8 will feature Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentno of indie band Best Coast duetting on 'Let's Boot and Rally.'
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