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Posted on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

DVD release set for Iggy and the Stooges' Michigan Theater tribute concert for Ron Asheton

By Bob Needham

Big news for local (and not-so-local) fans of Iggy Pop and the Stooges: The 2011 Michigan Theater tribute concert for Ron Asheton is coming to DVD.

MVD Entertainment Group plans to release the DVD on April 9. It is also expected to be available digitally from iTunes and elsewhere the same date.

An announcement Tuesday afternoon reads, "Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton's life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics! All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music."

The critically acclaimed concert took place April 19, 2011, at the Michigan, drawing national media attention. It marked the first time in many years the now-iconic band the Stooges played in their hometown.

The concert served as a tribute to the late Ron Asheton, the Stooges' original guitarist, who continued to make his home in Ann Arbor until his death in 2009.

Remarkably, over the years the Stooges have become international legends, but it certainly didn't start out that way. The band — Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander — formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor and — with their primal, energetic sound — are often considered the first punk rock band.

The band found little commercial success and broke up in the early 1970s, but over the years its influence grew while Pop became a solo star. Rolling Stone placed Asheton at No. 29 on its list of 100 greatest guitarists. In recent years the Stooges reunited for concerts and a new album, with Mike Watt taking the place of late bass player Dave Alexander.


Iggy and the Stooges play at the Michigan Theater in 2011.

Melanie Maxwell |

In 2010 the Stooges were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while Pop led off National Public Radio's project on "50 Great Voices."

Since Ron Asheton's death, Iggy and the Stooges have continued doing concerts, with James Williamson — who played guitar on the Stooges' third album, "Raw Power," with Asheton on bass — taking Asheton's slot.

Following is a full track list for the DVD, which appears to encompass the Stooges' full set from the tribute concert:

I Got a Right (with Henry Rollins)
Raw Power
Search and Destroy
Gimme Danger
Shake Appeal
L.A. Blues
Night Theme
Beyond the Law
Fun House
Open Up And Bleed
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
I Wanna Be Your Dog
TV Eye
Real Cool Time
Iggy's Speech
Ron's Tune
No Fun

The DVD can be preordered from the See of Sound website.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.


the other guy

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

Who produced the video? Did it receive any Michigan Film Incentives?

Bob Needham

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 2:42 p.m.

Hm, maybe. Interesting. I haven't seen a full set of credits yet.


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 3:44 a.m.

Tony D'Annunzio, Producer/Director of Louder than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story, told me last December that he recorded this concert but had no idea of when or if it would be used. Maybe this is his footage?

Bob Needham

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:12 p.m.

It's being produced by a company called MVD Visual, part of MVD Entertainment Group, which has produced a number of Stooges videos including "Iggy and the Stooges Live in Detroit 2003." It did not receive any state film incentives.

Matt Lang

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:46 p.m.

Between now and when the Michigan Theater DVD comes out, Anyone who wants to see Stooges concert footage can get the 2003 DTE (Pine Knob) concert for $6 at Amazon, or the Amazon instant video version for $2. That concert was smokin' as well!


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 3:38 a.m.

The entire DTE concert is on youtube as well (along with many others).


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:17 a.m.

Let's hope it's light on Rollins.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.

Finally. Any word on that Jim Jarmusch documentary about the Stooges?

Bob Needham

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 9:47 p.m.

Not that I've heard. It's been a while since I heard anything about that. Anyone else?

Alan Goldsmith

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 8:35 p.m.

Kudos for mentioning Dave Alexander.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

Good to see. This was probably the best concert I've ever been to, i'll be happy to get the chance to relive it!

Melanie Maxwell

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 9 p.m.

@Sully, The tribute show was one of the most memorable shows I've ever photographed! I'll be telling the story were Iggy invited the crowd to join him on stage just a few songs into the set until I'm old and gray! If you feel like reminiscing, here's a link to the photo gallery from that night:

Blue Marker

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 8:28 p.m.

I'm disapointed the song Down On The Street didn't make the DVD. It's my all time favorite. I wanna be your dog is a close second, it will have to do.

Blue Marker

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

Thanks Bob!

Bob Needham

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 8:44 p.m.

I'm not positive, but I don't think the Stooges played "Down on the Street" that night. I think it was played by the opening band, Space Age Toasters.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 7:56 p.m.

Bonus for the track list that seems to have clipped Henry's gasbag speechifying.

Bob Needham

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 8:03 p.m.

Heh. Indeed