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Punk Rock Guitar Hero James Williamson Of The Stooges Revisits Lost Classics On New Album

Though he’s hardly a household name, to fans and followers, Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson’s contribution to music is equal to any of his more famous contemporaries. His guitar playing on the band’s cataclysmic third album, Raw Power, a combination of furiously down-stroked power chords and sputtering, vicious leads, created the punk rock guitar style which has echoed down through the ages in the music of the Ramones, Black Flag, and all their cantankerous progeny.  Like Tony Iommi in heavy metal, his actual sound is as important as what he played, an aggressive, high-end, overdriven roar, with little recorded precedent. When you think of the sound of punk rock, real punk rock, what you hear is the sound he created in 1973 by plugging his Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar into a Vox AC30 amplifier and cranking it up until your ears bleed. Read more…

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Iggy & The Stooges Drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, Dead At 64

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Scott Asheton, drummer for pioneering proto-punk hard rock band The Stooges, died Saturday, March 15th from a heart attack at the age of 64. “My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night” said Stooges singer and solo artist Iggy Pop on a post on Iggy & The Stooges Facebook page late Sunday. “Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton,” he continued, “He was like my brother.” Read more…

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A Very VH1 Classic New Year’s: Rockin’ Anthems To Ring In 2014!

The biggest party night of the year is here and you’re going to need some righteous jams to keep you rocking to midnight. While there aren’t that many classic rock songs specifically about New Years, there are a hell of a lot about partying down and knocking back a few cold ones and we know that is definitely on the menu tonight. I mean, your better half doesn’t honestly expect you to celebrate New Year’s Freakin’ Eve with some lame P!nk or Miley Cyrus tunes do they? What you need is some hot rockin’ songs to keep you and up and take things to the next level so here are some of the hottest classic rock party joints, seasonal or otherwise, to help you ring in 2014! Read more…


Madonna Wants To Be Your Dog

Rolling Stone tells us that The Stooges are going to be saluting their Motor City sister Madonna at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies next Monday night, March 10. (VH1 Classic is airing the entire show live at 8:30 pm.). Crazy, right? But crazy is good. What Madge track would you like to see Iggy and the boys rip apart? Let’s assume it isn’t “Papa Don’t Preach” and let’s hope it’s “Into The Groove.” And if you really want to be a dreamer, imagine a world where the Material Lady has a bit too much bubbly, heaves her yoga pad in the corner, and jumps on stage to help the boys ramrod through “Real Cool Time.”

Other heroes will celebrate their forebears, too. Damien Rice (read a classic interview here) will salute Leonard Cohen, James Cotton will evoke Little Walter, and Gamble & Huff? will get a tip of the hat from Patti LaBelle. Watch videos by some of the inductees.

Who are you psyched to see?