Retro Kimmer

The untimely passing of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in January 2009 was felt around the world - but particularly in Australia.

A stellar line-up of Australian bands - including the Hoodoo Gurus - will recognise that fact by playing a tribute show benefitting the Ron Asheton Foundation at the Manning Bar at Sydney University on Friday, December 6.

The influence of Asheton and his bandmates held sway over the underground music scene in Australia like few others. From Sydney’s Radio Birdman to Brisbane’s Saints and Melbourne’s Birthday Party, innumerable bands owed a debt.

Legendary post Radio Birdman band The Visitors, led by Ron’s close friend Deniz Tek and fea lead vocalist Mark Sisto, will headline the night, making one of only a handful of appearances since disbanding in 1979.

ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Hoodoo Gurus will appear as special guests with a short and sharp set put together just for this occasion.

The New Christs, the band fronted by Deniz’s ex-Birdman bandmate Rob Younger, will join them on the heavyweight bill.

The SC5 – a sporadic Sydney tribute to Stooges contemporaries the MC5 – and The Four Stooges, reprising songs of the Stooges, will round out the list. Both bands feature a range of Sydney rock scene luminaries.

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