Alex Chilton Memorial on Tuesday

 

Tribute concert also
scheduled for May 15 in Overton Park in Memphis.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Tuesday from 5 to 8pm in Memphis a memorial serviced dubbed “a
remembrance” will be held for Alex Chilton, who passed away March 17,
apparently from a heart attack. It’s being arranged by Chilton’s widow, Laura,
and his sister, Cecelia Chilton and will take place at Minglewood Hall (1555 Madison). It will be open
to the public.

 

News reports about the event quote Cecelia Chilton as
saying, “We decided we didn’t really want to close the service. It’s really
going to be more of a gathering and an open house, nothing really formal, and
no live music.” Adding that people are welcome to share photos and stories of
Chilton, she said, “I would like to encourage people to write down their ‘Alex
tales.’ We probably won’t read them all aloud, but we’ll make them available
for others to read, and for Laura to keep.”

 

Chilton’s family is also suggesting that in lieu of flowers,
donations can be made in Chilton’s name to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic: www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org,
or 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, La. 70115; checks payable to New Orleans
Musicians’ Assistance FDN.

 

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Meanwhile, Chilton’s surviving Big Star bandmates have
marked May 15 for a tribute concert in honor of the musician. (That was
originally the date of a Big Star concert.) It’s to be held at 7pm at the
Levitt Shell in Memphis’ Overton Park:
general admission tickets $20, VIP tickets $65 – www.levittshell.org or 1-(888)-718-4253.

 

They show will feature Jody Stephens, Jon Auer and Ken
Stringfellow, plus special guests tba. It comes on the heels of the March 20
Chilton tribute show in Austin
where assorted guitarists and vocalists performed Big Star songs with the trio.
(Read the firsthand BLURT account here.)

 

 

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Also at BLURT: a candid (though heartfelt) remembrance of
Chilton
penned by Barbara Mitchell, who worked with Chilton and Big Star from
2000-2005.

 

 

 

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