Rock legend and former Stooge Iggy Pop says his next album—which he’s recording and touring on with Josh Homme, of Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal—will likely be his last. Pop made the statement during an interview in support of the upcoming Post Pop Depression, telling Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, “I feel like I’m closing up, after this.”
Pop—who’s 68—elaborated that he just doesn’t feel like he has the energy to put a full album together anymore, instead seeing himself as more of a facilitator, capable of bringing people together. “To really make a real album, you really have to put everything into it. The energy’s more limited now.” Instead, he says, he now views his role as one of putting interesting musicians in touch with each other. “I’m kind of a fan, too, ya know? I like to hang out, I like to be in bands, I like to hang around with musicians.”
Of course, all of that depends on the new album being received with the typical Iggy Pop public response—i.e., slow acceptance that gradually builds over a couple of decades. “I may be surprised,” Pop said. “The one thing I’m not used to is putting out an album and anybody getting with it quicker than 25 years. So maybe it’ll open a door.” Post Pop Depression is set for a March 18 release.