The untimely passing of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton in January 2009 was felt around the world - but particularly in Australia.

A stellar line-up of Australian bands - including the Hoodoo Gurus - will recognise that fact by playing a tribute show benefitting the Ron Asheton Foundation at the Manning Bar at Sydney University on Friday, December 6.

The influence of Asheton and his bandmates held sway over the underground music scene in Australia like few others. From Sydney’s Radio Birdman to Brisbane’s Saints and Melbourne’s Birthday Party, innumerable bands owed a debt.

Ron died peacefully at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aged 60 in January 2009 while taking a break from touring the world with the reformed Stooges.

Proceeds from the Sydney show will go to the Ron Asheton Foundation, a fund for animal welfare and sponsor of music for children.

Legendary post Radio Birdman band The Visitors, led by Ron’s close friend Deniz Tek, will headline the night, making one of only a handful of appearances since disbanding in 1979.

ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Hoodoo Gurus will appear as special guests with a short and sharp set put together just for this occasion.

The New Christs, the band fronted by Deniz’s ex-Birdman bandmate Rob Younger, will join them on the heavyweight bill.

The SC5 – a sporadic Sydney tribute to Stooges contemporaries the MC5 – and The Four Stooges, reprising songs of the Stooges, will round out the list. Both bands feature a range of Sydney rock scene luminaries.

“Ron’s distinctive guitar style and its impact on rock and roll around the world can’t be under estimated and this is a small way that we can honour his memory and support a great cause,” said Deniz Tek, an organiser of the night.

Exclusive merchandise including DVDs of the similar tribute show, headlined by Iggy & the Stooges in Ron’s Michigan home town of Ann Arbor, last year will be on sale at the gig.

Tickets are just $20 + booking fee ($25 on the night) from and doors open at 7pm.

Ron Asheton Foundation Benefit Show


The Visitors

with very special guests Hoodoo Gurus

plus New Christs, SC5, Four Stooges

Manning Bar, Sydney University

Friday, December 6