Stooges guitarist James Williamson might have been wilder than Iggy back in the 1970s, which is why it was surprising to everyone that he stopped drugging and rocking to get a job in the microchip industry before rising to VP of Tech Standards at Sony. But now that Williamson is back with the Stooges, now everyone is asking why he’d leave a high-paying job to tour the world. Apparently, Williamson says, the economy tanking facilitated his move back to the Stooges, as he was offered early retirement from the company, which freed him up to join up with Iggy, who offered him to get back with the Stooges in 2007.
“I told Iggy I had a full-time job and couldn’t do it. Then the recession caught up with Sony and they offered me early retirement. And then I remembered the Stooges.”
What a heartwarming tale of reunions with former drug buddies and a tanking economy. Now Williamson will be touring with the Stooges, doing Raw Power in full at a variety of places. Maybe he’ll finally get to make the money he never did as a Stooge now as an early-retiree. [Spinner]