A 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