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Derek See On The Bang’s New Lineup, Leaving Careless Hearts and Playing with Iggy Pop

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“It was the classic musical differences. Those guys are still my friends, so it was a hard thing to do,” he says. “The music was getting more of a darker edge. I liked the EP a lot, but [after that] it kind of lost the drive. I tend to like music that’s more upbeat. Not to sound stupid, but stuff people can rock out to.”

His work with Williamson as a guitar tech led to some new opportunities, too—for instance, playing on stage with the reformed Iggy and the Stooges. See had already been guitar teching at the shows, but he couldn’t believe it when they asked him to play keyboards on “Penetration.”

“It’s the thrill of my life,” he says. “It was scary, though, cause keys aren’t my instrument. Iggy hears everything.”

There are rumblings—so far entirely unconfirmed—that the reunited Iggy and the Stooges might record again. What would See do if they asked him to play?

“I’d practice my ass off,” he says.

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