Iggy Pop hushed the crowd at his band The Stooges' tribute show for late guitarist Ron Asheton on Tuesday night (19Apr11) to give his own heartfelt thanks to his late pal.
The punk icon and his reunited group performed at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater to honour the memory of Asheton, who suffered a heart attack and died at his home in the city in January, 2009.
And, amid the mayhem of a Stooges show, Iggy Pop took a moment to personally honour his late friend.
He told the crowd, "I need to thank Ron. He sort of peed this beautiful music all over me. When I started a band Ron was the first guy who got behind me. I owe him... I know he's trying to flick ashes on my head from heaven right now."
He then performed a new Stooges song, Ron's Tune, written by the guitarist's one-time Stooges replacement James Williamson.
Another punk icon, Henry Rollins, hosted the tribute and called Asheton "a peerless guitar player... and a brilliant bass player as well."
Rollins joined Iggy and The Stooges for a rendition of I Got A Right.