Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers" to Be Performed By All-Star Band For Tribute

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

An all-star tribute concert to Big Star will be filmed and released on DVD and CD in 2017.

Jody Stephens, the sole surviving member of Big Star will head the band with latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others.

The concert, named Thank You, Friends, will feature Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multitrack tapes from Ardent for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations, will conduct.

Thank You, Friends will feature a complete performance of Big Star’s third album Third/Sisters Lovers, a studio project by Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton.

Thank You Friends Will take place Wednesday, April 27, 2017 at 8 p.m., at the Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Doors are at 7 PM.

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