Iggy and the Stooges are planning to record an album with a series of guest singers replacing Iggy Pop. The move comes as guitarist James Williamson claims the frontman is expected to return to the band in 2015.
Mark Lanegan and Jello Biafra are among the guest singers who will feature on "Re-Licked," a set of previously unreleased songs written around the time of their classic 1973 album "Raw Power." Pop announced last September that he wouldn’t be working with the Stooges in 2014, but Williamson told Rolling Stone (via NME): "Iggy gave me his blessing and wished me success with the album. But it's a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you're not on it."
Pop said in a statement: "I don't have a problem with anything. This statement about 'hard pill' sounds kind of passive aggressive to me ...
"These guys are my friends and we've all worked together many years. They're working musicians and they need to play."
Pop's spokesman additionally claimed the singer wasn't given the chance to appear on "Re-Licked" and only learned of the album in December 2013 when a record label rejected the chance to release it.
This is the first year since the band reformed in 2003 that Pop hasn't toured or recorded with the band. They have released two albums since reuniting, "The Weirdness" in 2007 and "Ready to Die" in 2013.