Concert film will also be screened at SXSW.
By Blurt Staff
Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live … And More gets released on April 21 via Concord Bicycle Music. A 90-minute concert film that will also have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 16, it will be released as 2-CD/DVD or Blu-Ray combo pack, as well as a standalone, 2-CD album.
We’ve had quite a bit of coverage to date for the Chris Stamey-spearheaded Big Star’s Third project. You can check it out at the links below. For the released version, a core ensemble comprising Stamey, Big Star’s Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), and the Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer performed in April 2016 in Glendale, California. Directed by Benno Nelson of Yes Equals Yes, the film includes performances by Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Benmont Tench, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz. Also on hand was a full chamber orchestra helmed by San Francisco’s acclaimed Kronos Quartet and conducted by Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations for Third/Sister Lovers.
Incidentally, in addition to the screening at SXSW, there will be a post-screening Q&A with Nelson, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Ken Stringfellow, and Skylar Gudasz. Then the next night, March 17, an orchestrated live concert by many of the core ensemble featured in Thank You, Friends will take place at the Central Presbyterian Church.
SISTERS, LOVERS, FRIENDS, BROTHERS… COMRADES: Big Star Third Live in Chicago (exclusive photo gallery)
Big Star Third Album Gets Choice L.A. Show (preview of the Thank You Friends concert that was filmed)
BIG STAR – Complete Third (review of the Big Star box set)