Dennis Thompson and Ron Asheton Photo: B. Benaderet
Ron Asheton (July 17, 1948 – January 6, 2009)
Ron Asheton seems to me to be the biggest common denominator in Rock. Everyone loved him, he played with absolutely everyone, produced songs for lesser bands, and he loved his cats. Ron's birthday was yesterday and he would have been 62. Sadly he passed on to the other side last year and it was one of the first stories I wrote for Retrokimmer.com. The post is HERE
My cousin was the Ann Arbor police Sgt (now retired) that headed the investigation of Ron's death. No foul play found I was told.
My little girl then just 10 went to school by Ron's home and I used to see him from time to time getting the mail or in the yard and he always waved though he didn't know me. Gladly I always waved back as I didn't know who he was either! Just a friendly guy is what I thought.
In honor of his memory I thought I'd post some of my favorites photos of Ron with my friends and the video series produced by Colonel Galaxy and Niagara to honor Ron.
Rob Younger, Deniz Tek, Ron, and Machinegun in Australia on the New Race First and Last Tour. They look like they are having a blast and taking a break from rehearsing and playing. Dennis has told me stories and so has Deniz. They really loved Ron and both miss him.
Ron Asheton's New Order was his band that almost made it big in Hollywood. Jimmy Recca also a former Stooge, Dennis Thompson, Jeff Spry (rip), Ray Gunn and singer Dave Gilbert (rip) (Rockets) we all members. From the stories I have heard they struggled financially to get the band off the ground, ate boot soup, and then lost it all in one night.