Don’t forget the Big Star Third & #1 Record Live concert being held this weekend in Los Angeles….
By Fred Mills
With the Omnivore Recs’ release of Big Star Live in Memphis just around the corner — the CD/DVD/LP documenting a ’94 live show, it will come on the heels of Concord’s reissues of Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City (due next week) — we figured now would be a good time to salute the iconic band. Well, okay, so we’ve done that plenty of times in the past, such as HERE, or HERE, or HERE. No reason to stop now! What better way than with a premiere of a key track from the live album? Check out “Daisy Glaze”:
We previously posted details about the live release; it’s a good ‘un, trust us. Meanwhile, there’s still time to book a flight to L.A. because… drumroll, please…. the latest installment in the ongoing celebration of Big Star Third is slated for this Saturday night (Sept. 27) at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Ringmaster Chris Stamey, along with Mitch Easter, Big Star cofounding member Jody Stephens, latterday Big Star members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow and sundry other leading musical lights will be on hand to recreate the iconic album as well as #1 Record for the concert stage.
Stamey, of The dB’s, has been mounting the Big Star Third shows since 2010, most recently at Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina. According to the organizers:
“While the band may not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an all-star cast whose membership includes the likes of latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of The dB’s, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, and others. They will be augmented by guest vocalists including the Bangles, Pete Yorn, Aimee Mann, members of the rising L.A. band Grouplove, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Galaxie 500’s Dean Wareham, actor/musician Jason Schwartzman, Jason Falkner, Tommy Keene, newcomers Brett Harris, Sarabeth Tucek, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz, joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Section Quartet, performing the original scores created directly from the original multitrack tapes from Ardent for this event.”
“What makes this special is that all the people performing this music were either associated with, or influenced by, Big Star,” says Trunkworthy.com.’s Gary Stewart. “It’s both a concert and a homecoming.”
Indeed. Welcome home, all. BLURT salutes ya.
Live Big Star photo credit: Danny Graflund