Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Tribute To Ron Asheton Featuring Iggy & The Stooges" DVD

Fittingly powerful tribute to Stooges guitar legend

The Stooges' Ron Asheton helped to change the face of alternative music, from punk to metal, with his game-changing guitar-work. Sadly, he passed away in 2009, but his friends and colleagues remember his life fondly with this special concert that was a benefit for the Ron Asheton Foundation (which assists in both animal/pet needs as well as supports aspiring musicians and children's music programs).

Recorded in 2011 in Ron and the Stooges' hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, this special show opened with Henry Rollins doing a monologue and introduction in his usual inimitable and self-deprecating style. He then belted out "I Got A Right" with the Stooges before Iggy himself took over for a full 19-song Stooges set. The band was smoking hot, with Iggy himself as energized and manic as ever. The finale featured the band with a backing orchestra -- a weird and unlikely pairing I couldn't imagine.

Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman also joined the band for several encores, and this enhanced version of the Stooges ably captured the spirit of Asheton and the Stooges. Any serious Stooges fans will be delighted by this superb live show.

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