Members of R.E.M., Yo La Tengo set for Big Star Third tribute
There’s been quite a few tributes to the legendary Big Star in the past year, especially given the passing of two of the band’s members. Back in December, a bevy of artists joined together to play Big Star’s Third (their critically successful, oft-bootlegged “lost” album that’s getting the RSD treatment), for the first time recreating the original recording live with the complete wind and string orchestrations. Those two concerts sparked something in the performers, as a repeat is scheduled in just two days.
The March 26th tribute show is being held at Mason Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center in NYC, and the full set-list with specified performers has just been released (via BrooklynVegan). R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe joins a group of previously announced indie heavyweights including Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Stipe’s band-mate Mike Mills, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, and drummer Jody Stephens, the only surviving current and original Big Star member. Chapel Hill, NC natives Lost in the Trees will provide the orchestral pieces needed to fully realize Third.
Some names that had been previously announced for the show are noticeably absent. M. Ward (Bright Eyes, She & Him) and Chris Stamey and Will Rigby of The dB’s are on multiple posters for the event, but not this schedule. There are some TBD/“Various” spots, so don’t rule out their presences yet.
You can find the complete details/setlist for the performance below. Tickets are still available through TicketWeb.
BIG STAR THIRD TRIBUTE SHOW SONGS/PERFORMERS:
01. “Kizza Me” – Matt McMichaels (from Mayflies USA)
02. “O Dana” – Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
03. “For You” – Jody Stephens (Big Star)
04. “Nighttime” – Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub)
05. “Jesus Christ” – Mike Mills (R.E.M.)
06. “Take Care” – Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
07. “Big Black Car” – Matthew Sweet
08. “Stroke It, Noel” – Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub)
09. “Blue Moon” – Jody Stephens (Big Star)
10. “Femme Fatale” – TBD
11. “Downs” – Various
12. “Dream Lover” – Tift Merrit
13. “Holocaust” – Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony)
14. “You Can’t Have Me” – Tift Merrit
15. “Kanga Roo” – Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
16. “Thank You, Friends” – Various
Plus a rich encores list featuring the above plus Brett Harris and Fan Modine.