Scott Asheton, drummer for Detroit rock/punk band the Stooges, died Saturday. He was 64. Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he’s “never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother .”
Asheton was part of the Stooges when they formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich. His older brother, Ron, was the group’s guitarist, died in 2009. Scott suffered from undisclosed illnesses in 2011 and was unable to perform at summer music festivals in Europe with the Stooges.
Bruce Springsteen just wrapped up a month-long residency-of-sorts in Australia, touring from west to east, and finishing up in Brisbane on February 26 with what is being called one of his greatest shows ever: a nearly four-hour long set that swerved away from the setlist after the first song, and included a live, in-sequence take on entire 1973 album The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.
But here’s the hidden secret: it was a few nights before, on February 23 at a place called the Hope Estate Winery, that Bruce blew the doors off “Human Touch”, a forgotten, 1990′s non-E Street song that, in the middle of a winery, captured his – and the band’s – skills, all in high gear. Start with what is at the end: a long, impassioned, rising, killer guitar solo. The song, in slow-burn early, builds slowly. Mid-song, check out how he waits. And waits. And waits some more for the right moment to kick it in after resting on drummer Max Weinberg’s 1-2-3-4 cymbal ride. Here’s the YouTube clip. How the hell does he create a rock and roll gospel-like firestorm at nearly every show? Don’t know, but the audience is blessed.
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Early candidate for out-of-leftfield, knock-it-out-of-the-park killer cover of 2014. Bruce and the band opened their show Saturday night in Perth, Australia (hometown on Bon Scott) with the AC/DC song.
Of all the songs on Springsteen’s new High Hopes album, his cover of the song “Just Like Fire Would” by Australian punk rock band The Saints is nearest a throwback to the bar band day of the E Streeters. When other songs on the new album are either Tom Morello-fied or loop-filled or recast versions of songs the band has been rocking on stage for a few years, this one sounds like we want the band to sound. A musical home to come back to. Not always staying , but regularly visiting. What makes the mystique work for this one is the plucking of an obscure (for most) band and a song that sounds eerily like it could have been written by Bruce anyway.