Sad, sad news. The Stooges’ particular brand of animalistic, psychedelic rock was a heavy influence on the early goth scene, and it with great sadness that I read Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer has passed away.
Scott Asheton, drummer for The Stooges, died on Saturday at the age of 64. Iggy Pop announced the news via a post on Facebook.
“IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM IGGY:
My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.
Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”
So far the cause of Asheton’s death has not been made public. Ron Asheton, Scott’s brother, died in 2009 from a heart attack.
MLive posted an excellent Scott Asheton photo tribute which you can check out here. Some vintage video of The Stooges (with pretty hilarious play-by-play commentary) is posted below.