The Stooges' Ron Asheton Dies
January 6, 2009 at 10:26 AM (PT)
RON ASHETON, the guitarist and bassist for the influential '70s raw rock band THE STOOGES, had died at his home TODAY (1/6). Early indications attribute his death, at 60, to a heart attack, although that has yet to be confirmed.
Asheton was part of the original lineup for the MICHIGAN-based THE STOOGES, along with drummer (and his brother) SCOTT ASHETON, singer IGGY POP and bassist DAVE ALEXANDER. He left the band after the commercially unsuccessful (but hugely influential to a generation of punk and rock bands) album "Raw Power" in 1973. After a spotty career of playing in a variety of groups, he joined THE NEW STOOGES in 2000 with brother SCOTT and bassist MIKE WATT. IGGY POP saw then peform and eventually rejoined the band for its first true reunion show in 2003. They put out a new album, "The Weirdness," in 2007 and headlined COACHELLA.
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