Iggy Pop pays tribute to Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton at memorial show

The Stooges play Ann Arbor for their former guitarist

Iggy Pop took time to pay tribute to the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton during a memorial show in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday (April 19).

The gig, which was organised by Asheton‘s sister Kathy, saw a host of musicians including Henry Rollins come together to celebrate the guitarist’s life, following his death in January 2009.

Speaking about Asheton to the crowd during The Stooges gig at the Michigan Theater, Pop said that he felt a need to “thank” his former bandmate, reports Rolling Stone.

“He sort of peed this beautiful music all over me,” he explained. “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.”

The Stooges included a new, unreleased track called ‘Ron’s Tune’ in their set, which also saw them play an 11-minute version of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ aided by an orchestra.