Posted in music on January 6, 2009

Ron Asheton (the Stooges) @ Baltimore Virgin Fest 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Ron Asheton

Famed rock-and-roll guitarist and longtime Ann Arbor resident Ronald "Ron" Asheton was found dead in his home on the city's west side this morning, police said.

Asheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967. His personal assistant contacted police late Monday night after being unable to reach Asheton for days, Detective Bill Stanford said.

Officers went to the home on Highlake Avenue at around midnight and discovered Asheton's body on a living-room couch. He appeared to have been dead for at least several days, Stanford said. [Ann Arbor News]

Videos below...

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Live in Cincinnati, 1970

Apart from The Stooges, Asheton also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band of the same name), Destroy All Monsters, New Race, and more recently with Mike Watt, J. Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.), Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mark Arm of Mudhoney among others (as The Wylde Ratttz), on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes film Velvet Goldmine, which starred Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Asheton also acted, appearing with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre star Gunnar Hansen in Mosquito which came out in 1995 as well as in two other films, Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo and Legion of the Night. [Wikipedia]
The Stooges "No Fun" Terminal 5 New York City (2008)

Terminal 5 pictures HERE.

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Comments (36)

Ron will be missed. The Stooges were a hell of a band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:26 AM

R.I.P.

Saw Ron play with several different bands throught out the years. He will be missed. The Stooges reunion shows were really great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:28 AM

Funhouse is my favorite LP.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:35 AM

Rock Action is dead. Long live Rock Action.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:37 AM

Gimme Danger little stranger!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:45 AM

drugs?

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:45 AM

very sad indeed

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:52 AM

RIP Ron. You will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 10:56 AM

"Rock Action" was the nickname of Ron's brother...

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 11:18 AM

Are eye pea brotha! Your legacy and your music will live forever!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 11:30 AM

> "Rock Action" was the nickname of Ron's brother.

Yup. Scott is Rock Action, not Ron.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 11:31 AM

awful. rip ron.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 11:47 AM

How sad. RIP Ron - you were truly one of the greats.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 12:17 PM

fucking bummer man...shit

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 12:23 PM

What a loss! So happy we got those Stooges reunions. You will be missed.

Posted by smack | January 6, 2009 12:25 PM

A few years back I drove up from Philly with my wife and one of our friends to see Little Steven's Garage Festival at Randall's Island. While lots of the younger crowd left after the Strokes played, the real reason for being there was to see Iggy and the Stooges bring the house down....and that's exactly what they did! What an unforgettable energetic performance by an amazing and legendary band.

RIP and best wishes to all family and friends!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 12:52 PM

this is really bumming me out. stooges made me start a band in high school, opened my mind to punk rock, and ultimately changed my life. with ron and syd gone, my heroes are dwindling. he will be sorely missed. so glad i caught the stooges back in 2003, and the riff of TV Eye will forever be the greatest riff ever.

Posted by tiredteacher | January 6, 2009 1:09 PM

He was one one of the good guys. Bummer

Posted by nkf | January 6, 2009 1:43 PM

Rest in Peace Ron.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 1:44 PM

R.I.P. "No Fun" will be cranked all day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 1:46 PM

shocked by this news. so sad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 1:49 PM

So glad Ron got to go out on top. I first saw him around 1994 at Coconut Teazer's on Sunset Blvd. Maybe 50 people there but Ron's playing sounded every bit as awesome as those original records. The Stooges reunion was so worth the wait (could have done without The Weirdness though - but Ron was still the highlight of that album). Few things in life will every make me few as alive as that Roseland 2003 show.

Rock on Ron!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 2:06 PM

ron, thanks for the blazing sound you left behind.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 2:28 PM

Fuck.... this just ruined my day!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 3:00 PM

FUCK! RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 3:25 PM

was the last Stooges show in NYC back over the summer?

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 3:34 PM

Ron was a known collector and enthusiast of Nazi Memorabilia. The guy was deranged but oh so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 3:50 PM

yes at Terminal 5... anyone out there have the setlist?


Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 3:51 PM

This is a fucking tragedy.

Ugh.

Posted by Green-Eyed LOCO-man | January 6, 2009 5:25 PM

Iggy cause the "Funhouse" LP a "variation of a riff by Ron". Only a guitarist that good could make so many great songs out of so little.

And who else could make that much "wah-wah" actually sound cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 6:09 PM

RIP Ron you were awesome

Posted by Jo | January 6, 2009 7:42 PM

Ann arbor michigan will never be the same without Ron Ashton of the stooges, also Rob Tyner of the MC5 fRed sonic Smith my youth was spent hanging out in ann arbor ,scoyty morgan where are you

Posted by lahipster | January 6, 2009 8:23 PM

Ron, you taught me many valuable lessons about how to play the guit..

One of the most important----

Always stay lean and mean....

R.I.P. Ron Asheton

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2009 12:45 AM

shit... this is awful. yes, one of the good people. one of the very best.

and yes, at least he went out on top. stooges shows of the past few years were unbelievable, and he was one main reason.

roseland 8/03
randall's island 8/04
united palace 4/06

so glad i got to see those shows. they put everyone else out there to shame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2009 12:49 AM

there are more comments bitching about how good or awful glasvegas were than about the passing of a rock icon.

fucking hell.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2009 1:14 PM

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