The Stooges played their first gig at house party on Halloween in 1967, but the group and its leader, Iggy Pop, were soon performing in venues alongside groundbreaking acts like the MC5. Thanks in part to the wild, unpredictable live performances by Pop, a scout named Danny Fields from Electra Records took notice and The Stooges were signed to the label shortly thereafter. The group eventually caught the ear of David Bowie, who famously took Iggy Pop under his wing. Ron Asheton, whose buzzsaw guitar sound helped define the early recordings of legendary Detroit punk trailblazers The Stooges, has died. He was 60. Iggy and the Stooges' rented truck--containing all of the group's equipment--was stolen Monday morning (8/4) between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. outside the Embassy Suites Hotel (208 Saint Antoine Ouest) in Montreal, according to a press release. Organizers of the third installment of the multi-day Vegoose festival have unveiled an eclectic lineup of acts led by a reconstituted Rage Against the Machine and electronic act Daft Punk. Along with previously announced headliner Pearl Jam, Lollapalooza will host 130 bands August 3-5 at Chicago's Grant Park.
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Maybe being ahead of your time isn't enough. Judging from the scorn heaped on "The Weirdness," some Stooges fans would have preferred the band stay retired if it was going to sully its legend with this comeback. The original proto-punks, now comfortably middle-aged but not yet ready to relinquish the stage, returned to performing a few years ago, scraping together three-quarters of the band's original lineup in Iggy Pop and Ron and Scott Asheton, supplemented by ex-Minutemen Mike Watt on bass. The question was not would they rock, but could they still rock? The answer, discovered by hundreds of thousands of delirious old and new fans across the globe: yes. The Stooges return March 20 with "The Weirdness," their first new album in more than 35 years. --Tjames Madison
Performing Saturday, March 17 at 12:30 a.m. at Stubb's (801 Red River St.).
The reunited Stooges have carved into their schedule a few concert dates to follow the March 20 release of "The Weirdness," the group's first album in more than 35 years.