Sad day in the rock n roll / punk rock world as founding member Ron Asheton of The Stooges was found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 60 years old. The official cause of the founding member of The Stooges has not been reported yet but initial discoveries claim it may be from a heart attack.
I had the pleasure of seeing Ron Asheton play last summer when Iggy & The Stooges took stage at the 2008 Virgin Mobile Festival. This was my second viewing of one of the more important punk rock bands and I must say the performance was memorable. Ron Asheton was amazing on guitar along side his pal Mike Watt (who took the place of bassist when the band reunited in 2003) while Iggy Pop went insane in front of the crowd. I am glad I was there to witness that performance.
The Stooges were recently nominated as an inductee into the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. It’s a shame that Ron Asheton will not be there to see if The Stooges are inducted. There is not a doubt in my mind that they will not be as their place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum is well deserved.
This is a huge loss. He will be missed.
Ron Asheton in The New Order (not the New Order you are thinking of…):
Iggy & The Stooges Live In Cincinnati 1970:
Iggy & The Stooges “The Passenger”:
Links from major music websites reporting on Ron Asheton’s death:
It’s about time the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has their induction ceremony in good ol’ Cleveland, Ohio. Seriously, why is it always in NYC when the museum is in Cleveland? It’s about time the rock n’ roll capitol holds one of the most important event of the year!
This year there are a few bands I have enjoyed throughout my life that are being nominated as possible inductees including Metallica, The Stooges, and Run-DMC. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time ever and you can bet your sweet you-know-what I am going to try and be there.
Five of these nine nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced in January 2009. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. For the first time, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public. Advance ticket sales for the events will be made available to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members and then to the public.
For more information check out the official Rock Hall press release.