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The Stooges' James Williamson Premieres "Sickkk" New Single with 19-Year-Old Singer

(Image credit: Franklin Avery (provided))

James Williamson—Iggy & the Stooges' guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—recently teamed up with Maia, a 19-year-old newcomer, to record "Sickkk," a heavy new single.

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive stream of the song, which will be released digitally and on 7-inch vinyl November 11.

"I first came into contact with Maia through Jason Carmer, my engineer in Berkeley," Williamson says. "He played me something she had written and sang, and I was instantly intrigued.

"I had him ask her to come down to the studio the next day [Maia is from San Francisco] and I was blown away by her enthusiasm, talent and the nuance of her vocals. We decided that day to write and record these songs together, and this is the result of that effort. We hope you like 'Sickkk' as much as we do."

You can check it out below. It also happens to be available for preorder on 7-inch vinyl and via iTunes.

This single represents the last recording to feature Williamson's iconic "Leopard Lady" Gibson Les Paul, which is shown in the two photos below.

This legendary ax has been used on every record Williamson has made—from 1973's Raw Power, his first album with the Stooges, all the way through 2016. Williamson is donating the Leopard Lady Cherry Burst Les Paul Custom and his Gibson B25N acoustic to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. He wrote most of the music on Raw Power on the B25N and also used it on Kill City, which he recorded with Iggy Pop in 1975.

For more about Williamson, visit straightjameswilliamson.com. For more about Maia, follow her on Instagram.


ABOVE: Iggy Pop and James Williamson in the early Seventies. Williamson is playing his "Leopard Lady" Les Paul. Photo: Robert Matheu (provided)

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.