Blue Pie is ecstatic to announce that Dave Sharp & Chris Kaercher, founding members of Secret Seven will perform with Iggy Pop and the Stooges in Ann Arbor, MI at the Michigan Theatre on April 19, 2010 at 8pm. Sharp & Kaercher will be members of the mini-orchestra (on upright bass and saxophone respectively) accompanying Iggy & The Stooges during this musical extravaganza honouring the legacy of guitarist Ron Asheton.
Although the 2009 death in Ann Arbor of guitarist Ron Asheton, from the pioneering punk band "The Stooges", has been keenly felt throughout the music community, few have experienced the loss as personally as his brother and bandmate Scott Asheton.
“There are certain things you share close with your brother, and now and then I’ll think of something and I’ll think ‘I’ve got to tell Ronnie this,’ then I go ‘Oh s—,’” Scott Asheton said in a recent phone interview from his Florida home. “You get really close and you can talk about things you can’t talk about with other people. I miss that very much, besides the music.”
Asheton will return to his hometown for a sold-out benefit concert and tribute to his brother at the Michigan Theater Tuesday night, organized by his sister Kathy Asheton. The Stooges will headline, and funds raised will go to the Ron Asheton Foundation to benefit local music and animal charities, including the Humane Society of Huron Valley. “It’s not going to be a somber event. It’s going to be an uplifting event,” Asheton promised.
Besides Asheton (drums), the band will include Iggy Pop (vocals), Steve Mackay (sax), James Williamson (guitar) and Mike Watt (bass). Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman will play Ron Asheton’s guitar parts on some of the songs. Henry Rollins, spoken-word artist and front man of the 1980s punk band Black Flag, will act as M.C., and other special guests have been promised. Expect songs from “The Stooges,” “Fun House,” and “Raw Power.”
FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SHOW:
Who: With Henry Rollins, Deniz Tek and other special guests. Teenage musicians from the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s teen center, will open, performing early Stooges songs.
What: Benefit concert for the Ron Asheton Foundation. Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges and an Ann Arbor resident, died in early 2009.
Where: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday April 19.
Tickets: Sold out.
More Info: www.ronashetonfoundation.org
We are very proud of Dave Sharp (Double Bass) and Chris Kaercher (Tenor & Soprano saxophones) who have both been accomplished and dedicated musicians on the Blue Pie Roster.