One of the best parts (aside from the possibility of new music of course) about the Stooges’ Raw Power lineup reunion is that guitarist James Williamson has done a host of wonderful interviews since the announcement was made last fall. Speaking to Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette this week, Williamson reflected a bit on the band’s 4-decade-long career and offered a funny quip on their induction into the Rock Hall of Fame, which goes down tonight in New York City:
We were about to take pride in setting a record for not getting in. But lo and behold we did, and I secretly feel like ABBA might have something to do with it because I can just see the guys on the committee going, ‘Well, you know, if we put ABBA in, we’re going to take a lot of crap for this. We better put the Stooges in there to counterbalance it.
Interesting theory, but I think Ron Asheton’s tragic passing perhaps reminded the Rock Hall voters that they better get on the Stooges bandwagon ASAP.
The ceremony will air tonight at 8:30 EST on Fuse TV, with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong inducting our beloved punk pioneers. Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, and the Hollies are also among this year’s inductees.