OFFICIAL IGGY STATEMENT ON ANN ARBOR RON ASHETON TRIBUTE
The Michigan Theater — which is hosting an upcoming concert by Iggy Pop and the Stooges in honor of the Stooges' late founding guitarist, Ron Asheton — has released a statement by Pop on its website and Facebook page that includes some intriguing details about the show.
The full statement, as posted on the websites:
"The Stooges and I wanted to do a concert in memory of Ron and his music. We've chosen to do this in Ann Arbor where our group, our attitudes and our ideals were forged. It really was the birth of a movement. We're planning to involve musicians across the spectrum from classical to youth groups and have a f----- big blast in memory of Ron.
Teenage musicians from the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor's teen center will open performing early Stooges songs. I may join them on vocals if they don't have somebody who can kick my ass. Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman who was Ron's closest friend in music outside the group is going to join me for a couple of Ron's best numbers.
Henry Rollins who articulates so many things about music so well has volunteered to MC and try yet again to defeat me in a musical duel. He may think he's got a better chance now that I'm 64, and he's only 50, we shall see. Henry was given his pick of Stooges songs to perform and he chose a great one.
"The full and present Iggy and the Stooges line up will then perform a full set, songs from The Stooges, Funhouse, Raw Power/- James Williamson - guitar, Scott Asheton - drums, Iggy Pop - vocals, Mike Watt and Steve Mackay, Bass and Sax respectively."
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster, although according to the event page on Ticketmaster.com, a presale starts Wednesday morning.
Keep watching AnnArbor.com for full coverage of the show.