Legendary Iggy & the Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead in his Ann Arbor home on January 6th. He was 60 years old. Besides his work with the Stooges, Asheton played in groundbreaking local bands in the 80's including Dark Carnival and Destroy All Monsters.

The Stooges released "The Weirdness," their first studio album in over three decades last year. Tributes to Ron are being posted to his MySpace page.

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ron Asheton, a guitarist and founding member of the influential rock band The Stooges, was found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Tuesday, police said.
Asheton, 60, was found on his couch and appeared to have been dead for several days, Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Brad Hill said. (Brad is RK's cousin)" We do not expect foul play," Sgt Hill said.

Police were called to Asheton's home shortly after midnight after an acquaintance reported that he had been unable to contact him for several days.

Asheton's brother, Scott, is the drummer for The Stooges. The pair were founding members of the band formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor along with front-man Iggy Pop.

Known for a violent and primitive style that featured stage-diving and outrageous antics by Pop, The Stooges were a BIG part of a late 1960s Detroit-area rock scene that also included the MC5.
The Stooges broke up in 1974 after three albums, limited commercial success and mounting drug problems for Pop. But backed by Asheton's guitar riffs on songs such as:

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "TV Eye," the band's music has been credited as a powerful influence on a wide range of punk and alternative bands including The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The White Stripes.After The Stooges broke up, Asheton acted in a series of low-budget horror films in the 1980s and 1990s.

Asheton, ranked as the 29th greatest rock guitarist by Rolling Stone, rejoined The Stooges when the band reunited in 2003 and for the 2007 comeback album, "The Weirdness."

The band has been inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame


Unknown said...

Ron Asheton was one of the original grunge guitarists.He had a style about him open and ballsy yet at that time in music it was fresh really fresh!! He was original and never tried to copy anyones style he just played like he felt and that was very cool by me!R.I.P. Mr.Asheton you will be incredibly missed!!! Marko

Retro Kimmer said...

Did you get to play with him Marko?

Unknown said...

No Kimmer I never had the chance to play with Ron ,but I did run lites back in the late 70's for DESTROY ALL MONSTERS at the PUNCH & JUDY THEATER.It was a great show and thats where I got to really hear Rons style! ( I wanted sooooo bad to sit in with them!!!!)

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BillyWarhol said...

Awesome Post as always Retro + proper Tribute for a Great Guitar Slinger*

I'm glad they regrouped the last few years + had FUN playing again + thrilling Old Fans + New Fans alike*


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