Posted in music | tour dates on February 16, 2011

Big Star

"Big Star's third album, Third/Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album was never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star's Third at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (the dB's) - the creative genesis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City.

On March 26th, a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars will gather to perform Big Star's Third at Mason Hall. Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Tift Merritt, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Will Rigby (the dB's), Matthew Sweet, Chris Stamey (the dB's), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and M. Ward (She & Him) will be joined by The Lost in the Trees Orchestra with Jane Scarpantoni, Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Sidney Dixon and Matt McMichaels to recreate the original scores and breathe life into a bittersweet album that has impacted generations of musicians. Some very special guests will be announced in the days to come. As the evening unfolds, Chilton and Stephen's musical ideas that were far ahead of their time 35 years ago will resonate in the hands of a collective of sympathetic, top-notch musicians. "We have been trying to create a concert piece that can have a life in years to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with the right emotions live," Stamey told Indy Week. "There's something about this record that connects with my generation, and apparently many generations."

The assemblage will perform Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety - fans can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell songs as well. "It's easier as time passes to revisit that album because it came out of such a dark period," Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told the Raleigh News and Observer. "There were brilliant moments in the studio, especially Carl Marsh's string arrangements, which really take it to a whole other world. But it could be emotionally difficult to watch certain things happen. I was so close to it at the time that I could not see what it was.""

BIG STAR THIRD is happening at Baruch Performing Arts Center (at Baruch College) in Mason Hall (17 Lexington) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Tickets are on presale now (password: Alex), and going on general sale Thursday at noon. More details with the lineup listed out, below...


Saturday, March 26, 2011 7:00 PM
Doors: 6:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center - Mason Hall - New YorkNY

Big Star's Third Live
Jody Stephens (Big Star)
M. Ward
Matthew Sweet
Mike Mills (REM)
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub)
Mitch Easter (Lets Active)
Chris Stamey (db's)
Will Rigby (db's)
Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
Tift Merritt
Plus special guests: Lost In Trees.
(line up subject to change)



Comments (19)

Where are Auer and Stringfellow?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 12:24 PM

Would be cooler if it #1 Record/Radio City, but this will probably still be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 12:45 PM

"can expect additional Big Star and Chris Bell songs as well."

good enough for me

Posted by stefan urquelle | February 16, 2011 12:46 PM

Can't believe this wasn't posted until now.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 12:48 PM

Now this is a show. Fuck the Strokes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:00 PM

1:00 PM = Perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:03 PM

Strokes at MSG, LCD at MSG, Jeff Mangum touring, and now this! A lot of hipster heads have exploded this week.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:06 PM

hangin with ernest borgnine

Posted by @1224 | February 16, 2011 1:08 PM

Now this is something everyone can get behind...

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:13 PM

You're $70 for the Strokes can go to the $100 tix for this show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:17 PM

Looks like Ken will be touring overseas with The Disciplines on March 26

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:18 PM

Here is "Thirteen" as performed live at Alex Chilton's final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2009.

Posted by Anne | February 16, 2011 1:33 PM

how come james murphy is not performng?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 1:49 PM


Posted by Pittsburgh granite | February 16, 2011 3:01 PM

aw man, wish i could make it to this. definitely one of the albums i'd most like to see performed live with a huge cast. tickets are a little pricey, but i'm sure it'll be worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2011 4:21 PM

The tickets range from $35-100!!!!!

Posted by Big Deal | February 16, 2011 4:34 PM

I agree, 1:08.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 10:45 AM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by دردشة عراقية | February 20, 2011 9:23 PM

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