Iggy Pop has issued a statement on the death of Stooges drummer Scott Asheton from an undisclosed illness over the weekend, saying, “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.”
Asheton’s brother Ron died of a heart attack in 2009, which means Pop is now the only Stooges co-founder who’s still active in the band. Meanwhile, Raw Power guitarist James Williamson is currently working on a compilation (Re-Licked) featuring a wide array of guest vocalists (Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink and more) singing over Stooges outtakes.
“I think he’s cool with it so far,” Williamson told Rolling Stone when asked if Pop is okay with not participating in the record. “We’ll see how things progress…I hope he maintains his positive attitude.”
“These guys are my friends and we’ve all worked together many years,” the singer said in a separate written statement. “I am glad someone is paying them; they are working musicians and they need to play. I want to thank all the wonderful singers on this record for covering my songs.”
Health problems had kept Scott Asheton off the road in recent years outside of one-off shows like 2012′s Austin City Limits festival, but he did play on the last Stooges LP, Ready to Die. Check out a short documentary about the group’s proto-punk days below…