April 23, 2021

I’d rather be eaten by a shark [in Cayman] than die old in an old people’s home”

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685x10007From Metro UK

Just so you know, Iggy Pop says: ‘I’d rather be eaten by a shark than die in an old people’s home’

Possibly the best quote you will have heard all week.

The 66-year-old Stooges front man ‘seriously’ can’t fathom the idea of being put into ‘assisted living’ as a pensioner and claims he would rather be eaten alive by a shark.

‘I have a beach house in the Cayman Islands, where there are sharks. When I go swimming I think, “Boy, a shark attack would solve a lot of problems”,’ he explained to Playboy Magazine.

‘I seriously do not want to go into assisted living or a nursing home, so I’m hoping for a shark attack. That would be good,’ he optimistically added.

His comments come days after Stooges’ drummer, Scott Asheton, was found dead due to an unspecified illness, aged 64.

Asheton had retired from the band temporarily in 2011 following a stroke, but returned for their 2013 album, Ready to Die.

Speaking about his late band mate, he said: ‘Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.’

Sharks and OAP homes aside, Iggy has began a new role as a host on BBC 6 Music where he is covering Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday afternoon spot while the Pulp singer is on hiatus.

PHOTO: Singer Iggy Pop isn’t a fan of retirement homes (Picture: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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From Wikipedia: Iggy Pop (/ˈɪɡi pɑːp/; born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.; April 21, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Iggy’s music has encompassed a number of styles over the years, including pop, hard rock, jazz and blues. Pop became known as ‘Iggy’ in high school, during which time he served as drummer for a local blues band, The Iguanas. He is vocalist of influential protopunk band The Stooges (Pop and the other surviving members of the group reunited in 2003), having become known, since the late 1960s, for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.

Though his popularity has fluctuated through the years, many of Pop’s songs have become well-known, including “Lust for Life”, “The Passenger”, “Real Wild Child”, “Candy” (a duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s),[6] “China Girl”, “Nightclubbing”, “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

In 2010, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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