Over the last half decade, Big Star founding member Jody Stephens has been staging all star tribute concerts of his band’s seminal album Third across the globe. The latest such show has just been announced for April 27th at Glendale, CA’s The Alex Theatre, and Stephens has once again wrangled up a collection of rock elite for the performance.
Stephens will take the stage with Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Jessica Pratt, Kronos Quartet, and Robyn Hitchcock. Other artists scheduled to join them include Skylar Gudasz, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, the dB’s’ Chris Stamey, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and late-era Big Star members Ken Stringellow and Jon Auer.
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Backed by a full chamber orchestra with conductor Carl Marsh (who wrote the original orchestration for Third), the musicians will also perform selections from other Big Star releases, including “In the Street”, “September Gurls”, and others. The performance will be recorded for a DVD and CD release slated for spring 2017. Find out more information and purchase tickets here.
Watch a past Big Star’s Third tribute performance from 2014’s Bumbershoot Festival below.