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Stooges' legendary Goose Lake show to be released in August

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The last concert by the original Stooges is about to see the light of day.

"The Stooges live at Goose Lake: August 8, 1970," chronicling the original quartet's performance before an estimated 200,000 at the famed Michigan music festival, comes out on Aug. 7 on CD, vinyl and digital download via Third Man Records. The seven-song set, featuring the band's entire "Fun House" album, comes from a previously unheard soundboard recording that was found in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse. It's also the only known soundboard recording of the original lineup featuring Iggy Pop, brothers Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander.

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The Goose Lake gig ranks among the most storied in the Ann Arbor-formed group's history. After what was deemed a sub-par performance, bassist Alexander was fired from the Stooges. The group continued for a short time after that with a variety of other members and announced its split on July 9, 1971. It regrouped shortly thereafter for the 1973 album "Raw Power," then broke up again until reuniting again in 2003 and releasing two more studio albums. Alexander died in 1975, while Ron Asheton passed away in 2009 and Scott Asheton died five years later and longtime saxophonist Steve Mackay died in 2015.

The Stooges, which officially ceased to be in 2016, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during 2010 and memorialized in Jim Jarmusch's 2016 documentary "Gimme Danger" as well as Pop's book "Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges."

Pop released a new album, "Free," in 2019 and a deluxe edition of his 1977 album "Lust For Life" last month. Guitarist James Williamson most recently worked with his latest band the Pink Hearts, whose debut album come out during 2018.

The Goose Lake live album is currently available for pre-order via thirdmanrecords.com.

Web Site: www.thirdmanrecords.com

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