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Iggy Pop Says He Once Refused Offer to Join AC/DC

"I'm not what they needed"
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Iggy Pop said he once had the opportunity to sign for AC/DC. In a new interview with the New York Times, the 75-year-old Stooges frontman and godfather of punk revealed that many years ago, he was approached by AC/DC's management about possibly joining the Australian hard-rockers, but he ultimately turned down the offer because he felt he wasn't "what they needed." 

"They had a manager many years ago, when I hadn't reformed the Stooges, I hadn't moved to England," Pop told the NYT. "And this guy said, 'Are you interested in joining AC/DC?' They were looking for a singer."

Pop didn't specific what year this encounter occurred; the Stooges reformed in 1972 after their initial breakup in 1971, but then broke up again in 1974 all the way until 2003. So theoretically, he could've been presented with the AC/DC gig after first singer Dave Evans departed in 1974, or after the tragic death of second singer, Bon Scott, in 1980. Either way, the job of course ended up going to Brian Johnson, and Pop continued on with his successful solo career. 

 "I listened to their record. I thought, I can't fit that bill," recalled Pop as to why he turned down the job. "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."