After frontman Iggy Pop ceased all Stooges activities for 2014, the band now faces an uncertain future.
The Stooges have not performed live since last September at San Jose's C2SV Music + Technology Festival.
Guitarist James Williamson is using the downtime to record Raw Power-era rarities with guest singers, including Jello Biafra and Mark Lanegan, a project that has some Stooges fans wondering why Pop himself isn't involved.
"He gave me his blessing and wished me success," Williamson tells Rolling Stone. "But it's a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you're not on it. I think he's cool with it so far."
Pop responded, saying he is perfectly content with the new project.
"I don't have a problem with anything, I don't oppose anything," Iggy tells Rolling Stone in a statement. "This statement about the 'hard pill' sounds kind of passive aggressive to me. The guys in the touring group have been phoning and emailing me and my rep before during and after the recordings, wondering how I felt about this. I want to thank all the wonderful singers on this record for covering my songs."
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