March 17, 2014 8:44

Iggy Pop pays tribute to Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who has died aged 64

Singer describes late bandmate as being 'like my brother'

Iggy Pop pays tribute to Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who has died aged 64

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Scott Asheton, drummer for groundbreaking rock band The Stooges, has died aged 64.

Making the news public last night (March 16), Stooges frontman Iggy Popannounced that Asheton passed away on March 15, and paid tribute to a man he describes as being "like my brother".

A founding member of the group, Asheton retired temporarily in 2011 following a stroke. He remained with The Stooges for 2013 album 'Ready To Die' but did not tour on health grounds. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed, reports The Mirror.

Iggy Pop wrote:

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother.

"He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

Asheton's bandmate and brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, passed away in 2009.

The Asheton brothers founded The Stooges in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 with bassist Dave Alexander and Iggy Pop, aka Jim Osterberg. Their self-titled 1969 debut, the following year's 'Fun House' and 1973's 'Raw Power' are said to have laid the foundations of punk music.

Following The Stooges' split in 1974, Asheton went on to play in a number of different groups, including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the Scott Morgan Band and Dark Carnival, and with artists including Sonny Vincent. The Stooges reunited in 2003, and following the death of his brother, Iggy Pop and Scott Asheton were the group's only consistent members.



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