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James Williamson Interview, 2016

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reposted from Bravewords (here)

In a new interview with music writer Joel Gausten, legendary Iggy And The Stooges guitarist James Williamson discusses a variety of topics including his new children’s charity single and the end of The Stooges. Excerpts from the chat appear below:

On his new single, “I Love My Tutu” / “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are,” which was released digitally on June 17th and will benefit Project Hawai’i, who assist homeless children in the state:

“It’s patently obvious when you go to Hawaii, especially certain parts, that they have a huge homeless problem. The big island of Hawaii probably has the largest homeless population of anywhere. I started to become aware of the fact that along with that problem comes a lot of homeless children. That’s especially gut-wrenching, because they’re caught in the circumstance through no fault of their own. Frankly, every (homeless) person is to some degree… I just became aware of that particular program, which is very positive. They’re taking steps to keep reinforcing these kids to try and lead a better life.”

On the possibility of him working with Iggy Pop again, either under the Stooges name or in another capacity:

“I doubt it. 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. 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. I know he 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. But these days, I think it’s more of a memory than it is a reality. I’m good with not doin’ nothin.’ By the same token, I still feel I have some music left in me, so I’m enjoying doing these little projects and putting them out there for people.”

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