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‘Gimme Danger’ Story of the Stooges

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The Cannes Film Festival is going to be rocking Thursday. May 19, thanks to a special midnight premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s Stooges-centric documentary, “Gimme Danger. “It’s our love letter to possibly the greatest band in rock’n’roll history, and presents their story, their influences and their impact, complete with some never-before-seen footage and photographs.

Like the Stooges and their music, ‘Gimme Danger’ is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive, and sophisticated in the most unrefined way. Long live The Stooges!”
Gimme Danger

Animal Adoption Rocks!

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Ron Asheton Foundation presents, “Adopted Canine Slide Show”.  Our #IWannaBeYourDog campaign is publishing stories from around the globe to celebrate dogs, encourage adoption, and give exposure to the rescues & shelters nominated by YOU! Please visit www.ronashetonfoundation.org/iwannabeyourdog for information on how to share your story.

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer Drive

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Our sheltered animals need treats too. When you shop on Amazon http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1490187 a portion of your purchase will go to ronashetonfoundation to help us stuff our stockings. Proceeds from our drive will purchase a few goodies for some furry friends that won’t be home for the holidays.
Time to fill our stockings

Shop Amazon & Support Ron Asheton Foundation

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Shop Amazon & Support Ron Asheton Foundation (RAF) at the same time – AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon except that a portion of proceeds benefit your favorite charity. Designate RAF as your nonprofit of choice and every time you shop we receive .5% of your purchase (at no cost to you).

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The Beginning of the Stooges

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Our Dad passed away on December 30, 1963. Our family had recently moved from Davenport, Iowa to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the spring of 1963. We were still adjusting to our new lives in Michigan, when the rug was yanked out from under us. With the passing of our Dad, our lives were suddenly turned upside down.

The BeatlesThen along came the Beatles. In January 1964 “I Wanna Hold your Hand” hit the airwaves in America. Even though we really didn’t know it at the time, our lives were about to change again. Big time. Our country was still grieving over the loss of President Kennedy, and with the arrival of the Beatles, the press kind of took on this tone of equating their arrival with some kind of soothing factor for our country. I know it sure was for us.

The Beatles Authentic WigsThe Beatles made their television debut on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9th, 1964. It was a television event that far surpassed anything that we had ever seen before, and have not seen anything quite like it since. Our Mom even liked the Beatles. Good thing, because little did she know what she was in for.

The Beatles: It's no fad dad

Dave Alexander moved into our neighborhood shortly after we did, in 1964. I had spotted Dave walking down the street a few times, and was curious. I mentioned him to Scotty and then we decided we would keep an eye out for him. One day we spotted him walking down the street, and Scotty “whistled him down”, and so, the story goes…

Dave got on board with Ronny’s love for the Beatles and the “British Invasion”. It was the fall of 1964, that Ronny and Dave decided they had to go to England and meet the Beatles. Well, they never did meet the Beatles. Instead, they returned home and began their journey to the Stooges…

Fifty years ago.

Page one from a letter Ronny sent us from England

Ronny's Letter from England

The Beatles

A letter sent to Ronny and Dave while they were in England, from Ronny’s dear friend and fellow Stooge, Bill Cheatham.

A letter sent to Ronny and Dave while they were in England, from Ronny’s dear friend and fellow Stooge, Bill Cheatham.

“In The Right Hands” Part 3

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Deniz Tek and the Black Stratocaster

Ron and I grew up in the same town, went to the same junior high and the same high school, although he was five years ahead of me. It turned out that we had a lot of common ground: music, the love of history, books and films. And, of course, full appreciation for the greatness of the “Three Stooges”.

I met Ron in 1976 at a Sonic’s Rendezvous Band show at the Roadhouse on Whitmore Lake Road north of Ann Arbor. I recognized him immediately from shows I’d seen, magazine pix and the album covers. Totally self assured, he radiated confidence, wisdom, and world weariness. He pulled on a Lucky Strike through an aqua filter, a glass of CC and soda at hand on the table, and seemed approachable, so I went over and asked if I could have a word with him. He smiled and invited me to sit down and have a drink. That was the start of a friendship that would last a quarter of a century.

Ron & Deniz sitting in with Scott Morgans's band Powertrane at the Warsaw Club in N.Y.C

Ron & Deniz sitting in with Scott Morgans’s band Powertrane at the Warsaw Club in N.Y.C

Ron was forever generous with his time and talents. We spent a lot of good times hanging out in his basement, jamming, writing music, some of which I later recorded, and it was there that I met Dennis Thompson, (MC-5). A few years later the three of us went on tour as the New Race in Australia. And I would often join Ronny onstage with one of his other post Stooges bands, Destroy All Monsters. Throughout the years we kept tabs on each other’s musical journeys, but our friendship went way beyond just the music.

He had a distinctive black Stratocaster, which was Japanese made, of late 80’s vintage. It was not particularly rare, nor was it an expensive guitar. Ron “customized” it with an American flag sticker, behind the bridge. He played this beautiful black guitar often during those years. I loved the sound that Ronny got with the Strat, which brought back to life the early days of the Stooges. Ronny would stand stage right, totally in command, with his skinny white jeans, Go-Kart t-shirt, Iron Cross, and his Stratocaster.

When he teamed up with his brother Scott, Jay Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Mike Watt, many believed that was the impetus for the return of the Stooges. And as we all now know, the reformation of the Stooges did soon follow, and proved to be a major triumph for a long awaited return to the world stage. Many stories could be told by others, but, I simply say he was a force of good in the universe. His contribution can never be overstated.

Deniz playing strat at tribute showAt the tribute show for Ron at the Michigan Theater, in Ann Arbor in April of 2011, I was delighted to see Ron’s black Stratocaster set up with the stage gear. Chris Wujek, Ron’s guitar tech on the Stooges tours, told me I was welcome to play it. I picked it up on the last song … No Fun. Everyone joined in together on stage for the big encore. I was hammering away on the guitar, James Williamson on my right, Steve Mackay on my left, Henry Rollins muscles straining, trying to control the surging crowd. The sound was huge and it was a complete frenzy! I could feel Ronny there, his spirit encompassing the entire event, with his eternal energy beaming through that guitar. Backstage after that incredible show, which I will always consider a key moment in my life, Scott said he wanted me to keep the guitar. I was honored to accept.

Deniz Playing StratThe last time I played on stage with Ronny, he was playing the black Strat, which he so clearly loved. This in itself makes the guitar important to me beyond words. Whenever I play that guitar, which is often, it’s like my dear old friend is right there with me. He gave me a little bit of his spirit and his joie de vivre, and it enriched my life. I will miss him forever.

Benefit Concert for the Ron Asheton Foundation – Sydney, Australia

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Benefit Concert for the Ron Asheton Foundation - Sydney, AustraliaA stellar line-up of Australian bands – including the Hoodoo Gurus, will be playing a benefit show for the Ron Asheton Foundation at the Manning Bar at Sydney University on Friday, December 6.

The influence of Asheton and his band mates held sway over the underground music scene in Australia like few others. From Sydney’s Radio Birdman to Brisbane’s Saints and Melbourne’s Birthday Party, innumerable bands owed a debt.

Ron toured Australia with the Stooges on The Big Day Out Festivals and once with New Race, which included members of Radio Birdman and the MC5, and his own Dark Carnival.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Ron Asheton Foundation, which supports animal welfare and music.

Legendary post Radio Birdman band The Visitors, led by Ron’s close friend Deniz Tek, will headline the night, making one of only a handful of appearances since disbanding in 1979.

ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Hoodoo Gurus will appear as special guests with a short and sharp set put together just for this occasion.

The New Christs, the band fronted by Deniz’s ex-Birdman band mate Rob Younger, will join them on the heavyweight bill.

The SC5 – a sporadic Sydney tribute to Stooges contemporaries the MC5 – and The Four Stooges, reprising songs of the Stooges, will round out the list. Both bands feature a range of Sydney rock scene luminaries.

“Ron’s distinctive guitar style and its impact on rock and roll around the world can’t be under estimated and this is a small way that we can honor his memory and support a great cause,” said Deniz Tek, an organizer of the night.

Exclusive merchandise will be on sale at the gig, including a DVD of a tribute show performed in Ron’s honor, headlined by Iggy & the Stooges at the Michigan Theater in his hometown of Ann Arbor.


It’s truly an honor to have such extraordinary support from Australia!

Thank you, Deniz Tek, The Visitors, Hoodoo Gurus, New Christs, SC5, the Four Stooges and the I-94 Bar, for putting on this amazing show!

Thanks for supporting Ron, and the Ron Asheton Foundation.

– Kathy Asheton

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