Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Second Helping Of Third


2013 has been an exciting year for Big Star fans. Nothing Can Hurt Me, a feature length, critically acclaimed documentary about the pioneering power band once led by the late and legendary Alex Chilton, has been making the rounds at music and film festivals. The soundtrack, which features rare alternate and studio mixes, as well as a new mix of “September Gurls,” was one of the most coveted vinyl treasures offered for Record Store Day this past April. The CD version is available on Amazon.

Now comes the news that an all-star celebration of the Big Star 1978 gem, Third, (named by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time) will be held on June 28th at the Vic Theater in Chicago. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10:00 AM CST.

Presented by Jam Productions and Chicago radio station WXRT, Big Star's Third will be a full live performance of the LP involving some very familiar and respected names on the power pop and alt rock scene. Jody Stephens, drummer with the original Big Star, tops a list that also includes Mike Mills from R.E.M.; Chris Stamey from The dB's; Mitch Easter from Let's Active; Ken Stringfellow from The Posies; Sally Timms from The Mekons; Josh Caterer from Smoking Popes; Gary Louris from The Jayhawks; and Ed Roeser from Urge Overkill.

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