Iggy Pop has told 6 Music he will make a comeback with The Stooges in 2010 despite the recent death of guitarist Ron Asheton.
The singer said the 60-year-old's "spirit still lives on" within the group and the band will return next year for a full tour with original guitarist James Williamson who rejoins them after nearly 30 years.
"We're bringing The Stooges back next year," Pop confirmed to Shaun Keaveny. "They've been rehearsing more without me than with me because I've been doing other things this year.
"But we have been rehearsing all together more recently and they kept going without me again last week. We're going to be doing a one off show in Brazil in a few weeks but the real touring starts next year."
Asheton was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in January this year. It is believed he died of a heart attack.
He was an original member of the band fronted by Pop in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
His riffs featured on hits including I Wanna Be Your Dog, No Fun and Down On The Street.
"We're all very sorry about Ron, his spirit within the group remains with the rest of us ."
Iggy Pop from The Stooges
"We're all very sorry about Ron," Pop said. "His spirit within the group remains with the rest of us and he is still a presence within the group without being on the physical plain.
"With the exception of (Mike) Watt we all played in the same bands during the same two or three years in the Detroit area and knew each other in various ways and did extra curriculur things together besides playing music.
"Everybody went to the same bars and coffee shops and we swapped girls and did all the things you do."
The veteran punk star, who is due to receive the living legend award at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards tonight (2 November), said right from the recording of early single 1969, he was in it for the long haul.
"Once I set out not to go to school and go into music instead I always thought this is what I’m doing with my life now.
"I never thought, 'Hey this is a youth market so by the time I'm 24 I'd better have my first $3 million'.
"It was never a career thing it was a life thing so it's kind of worked out that way. It seemed difficult and far fetched and I knew it was going to be tough."
Elijah Wood is reported to be playing Pop in the forthcoming film biopic The Passenger.
But the singer said it was unlikely that the Lord Of The Rings star would be taking up the role.
"I have no idea whether that is the case, I doubt it," he added. "I haven't had any contact with those people for a queens age, a long time."
Iggy And The Stooges will play the Planeta Terra Festival in Brazil on 7 November before returning to the UK for All Tomorrow's Parties in London on 2-3 May 2010.
Listen back to Shaun Keaveny's encounter with Iggy Pop again by clicking here.
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