The frontman depicts Asheton as a steadying musical force in the Stooges, says neither he nor the band will tour in the near future
Last Sunday (March 16), original Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died of a heart attack at age 64. Today, legendary Stooges frontman Iggy Pop provided a poignant retrospective on his relationship with Asheton, which sheds light on their lifelong collaborations and the future of the band.
In the lengthy narrative for Rolling Stone, Pop recalls meeting Asheton while working at the Ann Arbor, MI record store Discount Records. After attending a Doors concert, the pair formed the Stooges in 1967 alongside Asheton's brother Ron (guitar) and Dave Alexander (bass).
Pop reminisces on teaching Asheton to play the drums and the restrained, yet authoritative style he developed: "He hit the drum very hard, but there were never a lot of elbows flying… Scott always played a little behind the beat, always a little back. He would hold the band back, just very slightly, from where it might have gone if it was going to rush ahead."