Members of Big Star, R.E.M., dBs, to Perform Big Star's Third


An all-star group of musicians will gather at Austin's historic Paramount Theatre on Thursday, March 15 to celebrate the Big Star legacy through a complete performance of the band's seminal Third album. This highly anticipated event comes two years after the untimely death of legendary Big Star singer/songwriter Alex Chilton and a hastily organized tribute show that became an emotional and musical highlight of SXSW 2010.

Prior to the musical performance the SXSW Film Festival will host the debut screening of the feature-length documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, also at the Paramount Theatre.

The SXSW show will consist of a core of top-tier musicians who will perform the album in its entirety including Jody Stephens of Big Star on drums; Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass; Mitch Easter of Let's Active and Chris Stamey of dBs on guitars; Charles Cleaver on piano; and for this performance, guest guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, as well as a wide range of guest vocalists who are still signing on for the evening.

Austin's own Tosca String Quartet, along with guest brass and wind musicians including Memphis's Jim Spake, will perform the original orchestrations from the album. Austin's GSD&M is the show's executive producer in conjunction with SXSW and High Road Touring.

The event is open to SXSW Film, Music, Gold and Platinum Badge holders, as well as SXSW Film Passes and Music Wristbands. For those without Badges, Passes or Wristbands, a limited number of advance single tickets are available for $25 via the Paramount website. Advance Ticket sales will end at midnight the day before the screening.

[Published on: 3/1/12]

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