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Iggy Pop and the Stooges Ready New Album for April Release

'Ready to Die' features guitarist James Williamson, drummer Scott Asheton

Scott Thurston, Steve Mackay, James Williamson, Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton and Mike Watt of The Stooges.
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February 25, 2013 10:50 AM ET

Iggy Pop and the Stooges are ready with a new record, Ready to Die, which will mark the first time Pop has worked with guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton on a full album since their 1973 classic Raw Power. As he's done since the Stooges' 2003 reunion, Mike Watt will fill in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. It'll be Iggy and the Stooges' first album since 2007's The Weirdness, which was the last to feature Ron Asheton. Ready to Die is due April 30th on Fat Possum Records.

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Pop kept busy last year with a self-released album of French pop classics, and guested on Ke$ha's latest release, Warrior. His 1970s collaboration with David Bowie in West Berlin is the subject of the forthcoming biopic Lust for Life.

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