January 7, 2009 10:36

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie pays tribute to The Stooges' Ron Asheton

'He's one of the greats', declares the singer

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie pays tribute to The Stooges' Ron Asheton
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has paid tribute to The Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton, who was found dead yesterday (January 6).

Asheton was found after dying of a suspected heart attack. He was aged 60.

Gillespie told NME.COM that he believed Asheton had secured his place in musical history. "I just loved The Stooges, he said. "Ron's was a totally original style: really fucking 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 llike 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."

Asheton's bandmates, paid tribute to him yesterday, with Pop describing the late guitarist as "my best friend".

We've picked out Asheton's five greatest riffs on the NME Office Blog.

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Gaslight Anthem unveil modern dance inspired 'Get Hurt' video - watch
Ryan Adams debuts new track 'Stay With Me' live - watch
Lana Del Rey discusses 'Pepsi-Cola pussy' lyric: 'My mum didn't think it was...
The Orwells announce November UK tour
Grimes guests on track by Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers - listen
Silent album raises £12,000 in Spotify royalties
Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes: 'I went to rehab for ketamine addiction'
Weezer perform new single 'Back To The Shack' on US TV – watch
Jessie Ware reveals new song 'Share It All', co-written by The xx's Romy...
Devon record shop goes up for sale on eBay for £9,000
'Weird' Al Yankovic says Prince is the only artist ever to turn down one of his parodies
Manic Street Preachers on new album: 'It's like 'Generation Terrorists' but...
Coolio to release new music exclusively through porn website
Lily Allen unveils Glastonbury tribute video for 'As Long As I Got You'
Snoop Dogg claims he smoked weed in the White House
Lancaster theatre appeals for stolen papier-mâché Frank Sidebottom head
Kid Rock ordered to hand glass sex toy over to court as part of Insane Clown Posse lawsuit
Courtney Love rules out Hole reunion:'I don't want to get on the oldies circuit'
Jack White brings fan on stage to perform 'Seven Nation Army' – watch
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett to be awarded Freedom of the City of London
The Who's Roger Daltrey and 'pals' to launch model railway museum in Kent
Lily Allen and Beyoncé producer claims guitar music is at an 'all time low'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today