Ron Asheton - Stooges Legend Dies

We've just received this official statement concerning the sad death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton:

From The Stooges, Management and Crew

We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron's death.

He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable.

He will be missed.

For all that knew him behind the façade of Mr Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.

As a musician Ron was The Guitar God, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him.

Iggy, Scott, Steve, Mike and Crew

Personal statement from Iggy

I am in shock. He was my best friend.

Iggy Pop

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.