What sad news I discovered today (albeit a week late) that 60 year old Ron Asheton of The Stooges was found dead in his Ann Arbor, Michigan house on Tuesday, January 6th. The New York Times did a nice writeup- go here for their January 8th article.
I also found out through the power of the information superhighway that this Saturday the 17th there will be a tribute held at The Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts located at 350 Madison Street in Detroit- The Detroit Free Press has more info and an article here. Me, the Mrs. and the kids usually go to Detroit to see family King Day weekend but cannot this year… damn.
While I was not some kind of Stooges fanatic, I was a big fan of most of their classic ditties. I will never forget being floored the first time I heard Mr. Asheton’s amazing guitar noise on “I Wanna Be Your Dog” many years back as a young and impressionable teenager. That was the first Stooges song I heard, followed by the equally amazing “No Fun”, then “T.V. Eye” and the list goes on.