Scott Asheton, drummer and co-founder of the Stooges who played with the band from its inception in 1967, died this weekend from an unspecified illness. He was 64 years old. The news was confirmed by Asheton’s bandmate Iggy Pop, who posted a tribute to Asheton on his Facebook page.
Born in Washington D.C., Asheton moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when he was 14 years old. He began playing music with his brother Ron at a young age, but the two couldn’t hold a stable band together until they met James Osterberg, the future Iggy Pop. Together, the band became The Stooges, and they quickly became the standard-bearers for a new kind of fast, scuzzy garage rock that was taking Ann Arbor and nearby Detroit by storm. After the band signed to Elektra in 1969, Scott played on all four of the Stooges’ immensely influential albums, from their self-titled debut to their original swan song Raw Power.
Scott kept things low-key after the Stooges broke up in 1974, but a 2000 tour with Ron, Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J. Mascis and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt caught the attention of Pop, and the Stooges reunited in 2003. They released one album, The Weirdness, in 2007 before Ron died of a heart attack. Scott and Iggy soldiered on, re-recruiting James Williamson (guitarist for the band on Raw Power) for one more album, 2013’s Ready To Die.