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Having quit rock 'n' roll in 1980, Williamson left behind the excesses of the previous decade to join the then-nascent microchip industry before rising to the position of Vice President of Technology Standards at Sony Electronics. It was this job that prevented Williamson from rejoining his erstwhile bandmates.
However, events took a very weird turn. Original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton died of a heart attack in February of 2009 and the global recession offered Williamson an opportunity to pick up his guitar again, 29 years later.
Speaking to the Guardian, Williamson said: "I told [Stooges singer Iggy Pop] 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."
Williamson's first gig with the reformed Iggy and the Stooges was in front of 30,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil last November.
"It's really strange to be doing it now," Williamson told the paper. "We're basically pensioners. It's fun, but nobody wants to get so old that playing rock 'n' roll becomes a joke."
For Iggy Pop, it's business as usual. He says, "I'm pleased to report that James has now learned to use his intelligence in balance with his more impulsive, aggressive side."
Iggy and the Stooges will play 'Raw Power' in its entirety at London's All Tomorrow's Parties festival on May 2 and 3.