“Big Star’s Third” Show To Tour?


Rumors of Tift
Merritt, Matthew Sweet, Norman Black and possibly Ray Davies getting involved
in the Chris Stamey-helmed project.


By Fred Mills


UPDATE 2/15: The publicist for the Big Star’s Third shows advises us that there are presently no plans to tour the event other than the NYC concert.


Back in December producer and dB’s founder Chris Stamey
mounted an ambitious pair of public performances of Big Star’s legendary Third/Sister Lovers album at the Cat’s
Cradle in Carrboro, NC. It featured, among numerous musicians
who participated, original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and Stamey’s old
buddy (and former Lets Active frontman) Mitch Easter, and was by all accounts a
roaring success.


As Stamey himself blogged, “It would be hard to enjoy
anything more than we did the two nights at Cat’s Cradle in Dec.”



However, Stamey goes on to say in the blog entry that the
entire experience was deeply gratifying, including the actual rehearsals, and
that there will also be an encore presentation of the performance this coming
Tuesday night, Feb. 15, at Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre on the UNC-Chapel Hill
campus. In addition to the live show, there will also be an event at Wilson
Library (also at UNC) billed as “a multimedia exposition on the life and works
of Jim Dickinson” – J.D. famously produced the Big Star album – along with a
Stamey-conducted interview with Stephens and Ardent Records’ John Fry about the


But wait – apparently, there’s more. According to the Carrboro Citizen, after that the live
show will be headed to New York City,
on March 26. Writes the Citizen, “Cast
and crew will next be taking the show to New
York on March 26. There, Tift Merritt, Matthew Sweet
and Norman Blake (Teenage Fan Club) will join in (with the rumor mill hinting
that Ray Davies might make appearances too). From there, an untold mix of
musicians will take the show on the road for engagements across the country
that will be filmed for the upcoming Danielle McCarthy and Drew DeNicola
documentary film Nothing Can Hurt Me: The
Big Star Story
, slated for a 2011 release.”


More details as they emerge.



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