Matlock And Gillespie Add To Asheton Tributes
SEX PISTOLS guitarist GLEN MATLOCK and PRIMAL SCREAM frontman BOBBY GILLESPIE are the latest rockers to pay tribute to THE STOOGES star RON ASHETON, who died on Tuesday (06Jan09).
The 60-year-old's body was discovered by police in the living room of his Michigan home after his personal assistant raised the alarm about his whereabouts when she couldn't reach the star.
Cops believe the rocker suffered a heart attack a few days previously, although the official cause of death has yet to be determined.
And musicians have been honouring Asheton with heartfelt tributes - with Gillespie branding the rocker "one of the greats".
He tells NME.com, "I just loved The Stooges. Ron's was a totally original style: really f**king sexy and wild and reckless and free.
"He was a free rock 'n' roll guitarist. He made up his own style - there's nobody else who sounded like Ron Asheton. As soon as you hear the first chords of any Stooges song you knew it was him playing.
"He had killer riffs. 'No Fun', 'Down On The Street', 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' - all those songs you identify with a guitar riff even before Iggy (Pop) starts singing. He's one of the greats, I think."
And punk legend Matlock insists Asheton is deserving of icon status, due to his groundbreaking musical roots.
He adds, "He's certainly a punk forerunner, but he's also part of a tradition of people like Dave Davies from The Kinks, and John Lee Hooker, Link Wray, all those people. The Stooges were a continuation of that line.
"Ron's worthy of his status because of his simplicity. He just knew what was right for those songs."
Iggy Pop and the remaining members of The Stooges made an emotional statement just hours after Asheton's death, with Pop branding the star his "best friend".