Posted in music | tour dates on September 8, 2009

"Big Star served as a Rosetta stone for a whole generation of musicians." -Peter Buck, R.E.M.

Big Star

Rhino is releasing Big Star's 4-disc boxed set which includes 98 tracks spanning from 1968-1975. This power pop band created music that turned artists as diverse as Cheap Trick, R.E.M., and The Replacements into Big Star fans. The 4-disc boxed set, Keep an Eye on the Sky, includes extensive liner notes, rare and never-before-seen photos, and insightful essays about the cult of Big Star and the band's history. These influential tracks will be released September 15, 2009.

Also, on RECORD STORE DAY, a special Limited edition Big Star 7" Vinyl will be available. Only 3,500 vinyl will be pressed. These 7" vinyl will only be available at independent records on September 5th.
I'm not sure what Record Store Day has to do with anything, but that's a picture of the 7" above.

Big Star is:

Jon Auer
Alex Chilton (original member)
Jody Stephens (original member)
Ken Stringfellow
Jon and Ken, both members of the Posies, joined in 1993. The Posies recently got back together to perform "Frosting on the Beater" at Gramercy Theatre and The Bell House. Ken often plays solo shows, like when he opened for Robyn Hitchcock at the Bell House recently. Jon also plays solo shows, like the one he has scheduled at The Bell House on September 15th with Fountains of Wayne.

Alex Chilton still plays shows too, often in Hoboken, and sometimes with The Box Tops. In 2005 he survived Katrina. Posts about him are usually accompanied by comments like "Big Star please!"...

Tickets are on sale for a Wednesday, November 18th Big Star show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

Videos from a show Big Star played in Hyde Park in July, with a picture of the Rhino box set and the tracklist, below...

Big Star - Ballad Of El Goodo (Live at the Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London - 1st July 2009)

Big Star - 'Til The End Of The Day (Live at the Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London - 1st July 2009)

Big Star - September Gurls (Live at the Serpentine Sessions, Hyde Park, London - 1st July 2009)

Big Star

Big Star Box Set tracklist
# Psychedelic Stuff - Chris Bell
# All I See Is You - Icewater
# Every Day As We Grow Closer (Original Mix) - Alex Chilton
# Try Again (Early Version) - Rock City
# The Preacher - Rock City
# Feel
# The Ballad Of El Goodo - Alternate Mix*
# In The Street
# Thirteen - Alternate Mix*
# Don't Lie To Me
# The India Song
# When My Baby's Beside Me - Alternate Mix*
# My Life Is Right - Alternate Mix*
# Give Me Another Chance - Alternate Mix*
# Try Again
# Gone With The Light* - Chris Bell
# Watch The Sunrise
# ST 100/6 - Alternate Mix*
# In The Street - Second Recorded Version
# Feel - Early Mix*
# The Ballad Of El Goodo (Alternate Lyrics)
# The India Song - Alternate Version*
# Country Morn
# I Got Kinda Lost - Demo
# Motel Blues - Demo*
# There Was A Light - Demo*
# Life Is White - Demo*
# What's Going Ahn - Demo*
# O My Soul
# Life Is White
# Way Out West - Alternate Mix*
# What's Going Ahn
# You Get What You Deserve - Alternate Mix*
# Mod Lang - Alternate Mix
# Back Of A Car - Alternate Mix*
# Daisy Glaze
# She's A Mover
# September Gurls
# Morpha Too - Alternate Mix*
# I'm In Love With A Girl
# O My Soul - Alternate Version*
# Back Of A Car - Demo
# Daisy Glaze - Alternate Take*
# She's A Mover - Alternate Version
# I Am The Cosmos - Chris Bell
# You And Your Sister - Chris Bell
# Blue Moon - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Femme Fatale - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Thank You Friends - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# You Get What You Deserve - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Lovely Day (aka Stroke It Noel) - Demo - Alex Chilton
# Downs - Demo - Alex Chilton
# Nightime - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Jesus Christ - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Holocaust - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Take Care - Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Big Black Car - Alternate Demo* - Alex Chilton
# Manana*
# Jesus Christ
# Femme Fatale
# O, Dana
# Kizza Me
# You Can't Have Me
# Nightime
# Dream Lover
# Blue Moon
# Take Care
# Stroke It Noel
# For You
# Downs
# Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
# Big Black Car
# Holocaust
# Kanga Roo
# Thank You Friends
# Till The End Of The Day
# Lovely Day*
# Nature Boy
# When My Baby's Beside Me*
# My Life Is Right*
# She's A Mover*
# Way Out West*
# The Ballad Of El Goodo*
# In The Street*
# Back Of A Car*
# Thirteen*
# The India Song*
# Try Again*
# Watch The Sunrise*
# Don't Lie To Me*
# Hot Burrito #2*
# I Got Kinda Lost*
# Baby Strange*
# Slut*
# There Was A Light*
# ST 100/6*
# Come On Now*
# O My Soul*



Comments (20)


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 11:51 AM

i saw this this morning on that scenic email. its pricey but it should be good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 11:53 AM

Seems like a small venue for them to book since it's been 10+ years since they last played NYC (excepting the three songs at the Little Steven's festival back in '05).

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:00 PM

anywhere to go buy the tickets sans service charge?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:10 PM

Record Store Day is sponsoring a monthly "Vinyl Saturday" that features a few exclusive pieces. This is one of 'em.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:11 PM

"anywhere to go buy the tickets sans service charge?"

As of now no but depending on availability there will be tickets on sale at Europa's box office next week.

Posted by Scenic | September 8, 2009 12:20 PM

Peter Buck, M.E.H.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 12:43 PM

Looks like Stringfellow will be in Belgium on 11/15 and the Netherlands on 11/20. He best be taking a NYC detour... it wouldn't be the same without him!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:06 PM

Yeah, what does Pete Buck know about music? All those tours R.E.M. did during the eighties when there wasn't a built-in cross country circuit of clubs, playing chicken shacks and pizza parlors, constantly talking up acts like Big Star, VU, etc in interviews, dragging the likes of Husker Du, The Replacements, and Minutemen along as openers, and inspiring the likes of Nirvana, Pavement and Radiohead to form bands. Yeah, a big meh. Very, very trenchant.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:11 PM


just bought tickets. yay.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:17 PM

Peter Buck has brought the rock since 1981!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:17 PM

Weeknight shows are tough for me. Start time is 7-would it be fair to say they will be on by 8. I love to see this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:28 PM

There will be support added to this night so they will probably go on at 10(ish)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:34 PM

oh convenient to go to greenpoint to save $7 in fees.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:48 PM

that is actually convenient for some people (like those who live in/near greenpoint.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 1:59 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:20 PM

don't knock buck. he has been a supporter of quality music since day one. he talks the talk and walks the walk and doesn't have to at this point.

Posted by donn | September 8, 2009 3:47 PM

Hey what are set times for the show?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2009 3:11 PM

I'd also like to know set times, if anyone knows for sure. I called the Masonic Temple, but they only book 3rd party shows in their space and don't know the details (at least the person who answered the phone didn't).

Posted by Bruce | November 18, 2009 10:56 AM

Kurt Vile & The Violators go on at 8:45pm per KV's guess is Big Star at 9:45pm or 10pm.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:31 PM

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