Posted in music | tour dates on March 23, 2011

Ted Leo & Michael Stipe @ IFC House during SXSW
Ted Leo and Michael STipe

"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 catharsis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City.

Just announced is Michael Stipe of R.E.M. who'll join a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars to recreate Big Star's Third at Mason Hall at Baruch College on March 26th. Stipe will perform one of Chilton's most iconic songs, "Kanga Roo". The show's line-up of songs/performers is unveiled today as well (see below)." [press release]

Tickets are still on sale for the Saturday show. More details including the full setlist with performers noted, and other show details, AND a SXSW video of Ted Leo interviewing Michael Stipe (Michael didn't perform in Austin, though he did take part in a last minute live-streamed Japan benefit telethon) (Ted did play SXSW) at IFC House last week, below...

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BIG STAR THIRD SHOW DETAILS

SONGS/PERFORMERS
1. "Kizza Me" MATT MCMICHAELS (from Mayflies USA)
2. "O Dana" IRA KAPLAN (Yo La Tengo)
3. "For You" JODY STEPHENS (Big Star)
4. "Nighttime" NORMAN BLAKE (Teenage Fanclub)
5. "Jesus Christ" MIKE MILLS (R.E.M.)
6. "Take Care" IRA KAPLAN (Yo La Tengo)
7. "Big Black Car" MATTHEW SWEET
8. "Stroke It, Noel" NORMAN BLAKE (Teenage Fanclub)
9. "Blue Moon" JODY STEPHENS (Big Star)
10. "Femme Fatale" SINGER NOT CONFIRMED
11. "Downs" VARIOUS
12. "Dream Lover" TIFT MERRITT
13. "Holocaust" DJANGO HASKINS (The Old Ceremony"
14. "You Can't Have Me" TIFT MERRITT
15. "Kanga Roo" MICHAEL STIPE (R.E.M.)
16. "Thank You, Friends" VARIOUS

PLUS: A RICH ENCORES LIST FEATURING THE ABOVE PLUS BRETT HARRIS AND FAN MODINE

BIG STAR THIRD
Baruch Performing Arts Center (at Baruch College) Mason Hall
17 Lexington (enter on 23rd St bet Lexington & 3rd Ave.)
Box Office: (646) 312-4085
Tickets go on sale at 11:00am Thursday, February 17th
www.ticketweb.com
www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac
www.scenicnyc.com
Doors @ 6pm -Show @ 7pm

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Comments (24)

is that a gay dating game?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:16 PM

guess m ward bailed?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:19 PM

more bruise cuise bikini pix pls

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:22 PM

this is gonna be a big star lover's dream. can't wait

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:26 PM

correction ...

8. "Stroke It, Ted Leo" MICHAEL STIPE (REM)

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:31 PM

This just keeps getting better...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:41 PM

i TOTALLY called mike stipe out on this, and apparently he listened:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/03/baseball_projec.html#comment-668671

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:47 PM

@1:47, you might want to wipe your chin off next time before writing. you've still got some of Michael on you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:55 PM

If you're suggesting that I regularly blow michael stipe, you're wrong. It's a strict bi-annual agreement.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:57 PM

well, I guess he's bi too so that works out for both of you. best of luck to you two crazy kids

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:12 PM

Michael Stipe is the man. Even if he is old.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:14 PM

Michael Stipe is the man. Even if he is old.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:15 PM

"this is gonna be a big star lover's dream. can't wait"

although this lineup sounds intriguing, a REAL big star lover's dream would include alex chilton.

he still lives in dreams and songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:17 PM

the thought of zombie alex chilton rising from the dead to play a tribute show to himself is not a dream, but a nightmare.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:23 PM

Where's the METAL?? It's all geezer shit and black people today.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 3:29 PM

Geezer Butler ... about as metal as you can get, sonny.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 3:39 PM

that sucks that M Ward bailed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 4:26 PM

Alex Chilton zombie ... I'm still trying to get my head around that one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 4:49 PM

when is the next alex chilton show?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:14 PM

Zombie Alex Chilton would encore with The Walking Dead!

"...oh I really do..."

Bi-winning!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:26 PM

zombies by the million
eating Alex Chilton's hairy arm
I'm in love
what's that thumb?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:34 PM

I love Ted, but that boy can YAP.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:53 PM

You can see video of Mitch Easter talking about his involvement with this show at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqLJO-1MU4o

Posted by mzamar | March 25, 2011 11:54 AM

I simply love their songs. #1 fan here.

Posted by Retirement Planning | December 7, 2011 1:01 PM

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