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Since the death of frontman Big Star frontman Alex Chilton in 2010, Jody Stephens and a group of collaborators—the dB’s Chris Stamey, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Let’s Active leader Mitch Easter—have staged tribute concerts, performing Big Star’s 1978 album Third (released after the band’s breakup and later reissued as Sister Lovers). Last April, they gathered for a show in Los Angeles, alongside Jeff Tweedy, Robyn Hitchcock, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz, and more. A full chamber orchestra including San Franciso’s Kronos Quartet joined them for the performance, conducted by Carl Marsh, who wrote the original string arrangements for the album. That show was recorded for a planned film and CD release. Now, plans for the film’s release have been revealed.
Thank You, Friends: Big Star‘s Third Live … And More will premiere at this year’s SXSW film festival in Austin on March 16, followed by a Q&A with Benno Nelson, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Ken Stringfellow, and Skylar Gudasz. It will be released on CD/DVD on April 21. Find a trailer below. All of the recordings from Third were given a definitive re-release as Complete Third last year.
Read our feature, “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton.”Share