January 6, 2009 at 8:23 am #50857
jeremiahKeymasterQuote:The Stooges guitarist and co-songwriter Ron Asheton has been found dead, reportedly from a heart attack aged 60 today (January 6).
Born in Michigan in 1948, Asheton was founder member of The Stooges, alongside Iggy Pop, and played guitar on the group’s iconic first two albums The Stooges and Fun House.
Although relegated to playing bass only for the third Stooges album Raw Power in 1973 when James Williamson joined the band, Asheton reunited the Stooges with Iggy and Scott Asheton in 2003.
The founding members made their first album together in 34 years, producing 2007’s The Weirdness.
Aside from being a founding Stooge, Asheton most recently played in a supergroup of sorts, The Wylde Rattz, comprising Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm.
Ron also contributed to the soundtrack for Velvet Goldmine.
The Stooges are currently in the running to be inducted in the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the other nine nominations including Metallica and Jeff Beck. This years chosen five will be announced later this month (January).January 6, 2009 at 11:24 am #133608
I just heard about this…..
such sad news, one of my all time favourite guitarists.
RIP RonJanuary 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm #133609
This news ruined my day. He was my all time fav guitar player for my all time fav band. I’m gunna miss that guy.January 7, 2009 at 4:13 am #133610
I heard about this from a friend this morning and wanted to come here to pay respects. I didn’t know about Asheton before I had the privilege of seeing him play with J and Watt several years ago– it was an incredible show.
all my best to his family, friends, and fans.January 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm #133611
What a bummer …
I’m really glad to have seen him play several times …January 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm #133612
I was bummed to hear about Ron’s passing as well. I was lucky enough to see him play with J many times over the years in Ann Arbor.January 9, 2009 at 3:14 am #133613
Very sad news.
Great influence for many and just a kick ass guitarist.
Again, it was a priviledge to have seen him play.
Thoughts go to his family.
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