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Michael Stipe talked to Ted Leo (video), joins Big Star ‘Third’ show cast (full artist/song list announced)

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…


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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