Could you imagine Iggy Pop fronting AC/DC? It seems far-fetched. But, Iggy revealed in a new interview that it could have happened. Pop is gearing up to release his latest album, Every Loser. When speaking with The New York Times about the release, he told an interesting story from the past about being asked to possibly AC/DC.
He didn’t provide many details and the interviewer didn’t pursue that point, but he noted that he’d met original frontman Bon Scott. “I had some very wonderful encounter with Bon somewhere, and we were both drunk and stoned,” Iggy said.
“I see pictures sometimes. I go, I don’t remember, but that’s me with Bon!” he added. “I loved what he did. They had a manager many years ago when I hadn’t re-formed the Stooges, I hadn’t moved to England, and this guy said, ‘Are you interested in joining AC/DC?’ They were looking for a singer.” This probalby was before they hired Brian Johnson to replace the late Bon Scott, who died in February of 1980.
Pop didn’t think he’d be the best fit. “I listened to their record,” Iggy said. “I thought, I can’t fill that bill. I wasn’t like, ugh, I don’t like them. It was quite well made. They do careful work. But I’m not what they needed.”
“Every Loser” will arrive Friday (Jan. 6). The set will be on producer Andrew Watt’s Gold Tooth Records in partnership with Atlantic Records. Watt also produced Ozzy Osbourne’s last two albums. As was the case on those records, he used Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on a number of the songs.