THE ROXY THEATRE PRESENTS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
‘JAM FOR RON ASHETON —
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE
GUITARIST OF THE STOOGES’
My dear friend and mentor photographer Heather Harris gave me a few shots of the show as she was there shooting! Leanna did her first large event and did a fine job. It is hard work getting all those people together and trying to make everyone "happy". Each show just gets better as you learn which things can go wrong and anticipate those things before they happen.
Overview of Ron Asheton tribute, from Spinner website, by Stephen Baltin
One year ago on Jan. 13, friends and family gathered to lay Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton to rest. Rather than honor the anniversary with some staid service, Asheton's legacy was celebrated with the kind of chaotic club show that finally brought the band their long overdue spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year.
A 'Jam for Ron Asheton,' which was put together by his 18-year-old niece, Leanna Asheton, saw the famed Roxy on the Sunset Strip infused with the true spirit of punk on Wednesday night. The concert featured all-star guests along with headliners the Living Things and very impressive turns by up-and-coming acts the Entrance Band and Nighthorse, both of whom were personally invited by the Asheton clan.
The "anything goes" spirit was seen throughout the night. Bassist Mike Watt, who toured with the Stooges in support of their last studio album, 'The Weirdness,' asked the crowd, "Does anybody know 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'?" Being one the Stooges' most famous songs, Watt's question could have been seen as a call to get the audience fired up.
Instead, when an audience member raised his hand, Watt brought him onstage and handed him a microphone. The man shined in the moment, twirling the microphone, shaking his hips and got the dream opportunity of rocking out with Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, Watt and saxophonist Steve Mackay.
Watt then led the jam session in a rousing '1969,' which featured Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins on drums, followed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith taking a turn on the skins during the five-song jam. The event was chaotic and crazy, but so was the Stooges' sound and that's how they revolutionized rock 'n' roll.
"I think about that sound in 1969," Perkins said to Spinner backstage after the show, "And I think of Jimi Hendrix, I think of the Grateful Dead. Then you have the Stooges. Detroit f---ing brought it and that's what we're here to celebrate. It's 2010 and we're jamming the Stooges, it's timeless." Amen!
Ron Asheton Tribute
from Leanna Asheton
Billy Boy on Poison
The Entrance band
Scott Asheton (Stooge)
Mike Watt (Stooge)
Steve Mackay (Stooge)
Scott Thurston (Stooge)
Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Derek Stanton (Awesome Color)
Raw Power Rangers