I love Mike Watt‘s writing. He such an obviously great guy. Anyway, Watt has kicked off his most recent tour diary for his current trek with Iggy and the Stooges, and it’s as awesome as ever:
I’m playing ronnie’s bass lines now – I better get it together and ig helps me w/that. all the guys in the band do that – I wanna do everything I can for them, I truly do. I can think of no higher calling for someone like me. hell, there would be no punk scene w/out the stooges in my opinion, none – it would’ve never existed and cuz of that me and d. boon would’ve probably only tried copying songs off of records in his bedroom, I swear to god. I seriously owe these gentlemen everything. I meana, d. boon too but they’re right up there. I also just LOVE this music, love it. it is a total mindblow to me I get to be learning from them… damn, it’s been ‘pert-near seven years now – april 27, 2003 was our first time together, at the coachella festival out in the desert… fuck, it’s hard to believe – any of it/all of it. about stooges playing these days even though I am up w/them, I’m thinking very much none of it is really about me except for being responsible to play their music the best I can and do nothing but help and in no way hinder. they have incredible legacy but they are also here in the now and doing it for motherfucking real. I don’t to be doing any badge-buffing at their expense, truly. I wanna do good bass for stooges – nothing else matters to me.
Hard to believe Watt’s been playing with the Stooges since 2003; that’s pretty much as long as the band was together in its original incarnations (1967-74).
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