Iggy Pop has cast doubt on the future of his rock band The Stooges following the tragic death of Scott 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 (15Mar14), 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."
Punk icon Henry Rollins and Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea have posted tributes to late The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton following his death on Saturday (15Mar14). Bandmate Iggy Pop led the salutes after revealing the sad news his pal had died on Facebook.com, stating Asheton was "a dear friend" and "a great artist", adding, "I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning".
And the tributes continued on Monday (17Mar14) as many of Asheton's famous fans woke up to the news of the 64 year old's passing.
Former Black Flag frontman Rollins chose to celebrate Asheton's life by playing The Stooges non-stop, tweeting, "Scott Asheton passed away. Stooges albums on full." And Flea added, "scott asheton rocked me as deeply as any musician ever. gave me such joy and freedom in my life R.I.P."
Other Twitter tributes came from former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Black Keys and The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, while actress/singer Juliette Lewis wrote, "Farewell to gentle blue eyed soul #ScottAsheton I had the pleasure to know and share the stage with. He's 4ever remembered not forgotten."
The Stooges drummer and co-founder Scott Asheton has died at the age of 64. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday (16Mar14), as the rocker took to his Facebook.com page to announce the news.
He writes, "My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
"My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life."
The cause of death had not been revealed as WENN went to press.
Asheton founded the Stooges in 1967, along with Pop, Dave Alexander, and guitarist Ron Asheton, his older brother who died in 2009.
When the Stooges disbanded in 1974, Asheton went on to pursue other projects, including serving as the drummer for acts such as Sonny Vincent and Scott Morgan, as well as on Pop's solo projects.
Asheton reunited with Pop and the remaining Stooges in 2003, touring and recording with the band until 2011, when he suffered a stroke, forcing him into temporary retirement.
In 2010, Asheton, Pop, and James Williamson were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.