As far as star-studded tributes go, the March 26th concert in honor of Big Star arguably shines as the biggest and the brightest. Featuring the likes of Mike Mills and Michael Stipe of R.E.M., The dB’s Chris Stamey, members of Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub, Matthew Sweet, Matt McMichaels, and surviving Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, the event at NYC’s Baruch College celebrated the music of the band’s “lost” album, Third. If doubters or curious fans needed proof said concert was going to be memorable, then check out the clip above of Stipe leading the bevy of talent on The Box Tops’ “The Letter”, which was one of Chilton’s biggest hits. After that, make sure to head over to SlicingUpEyeballs.com to check out other videos from that night, including Stipe’s rendition of “Kangaroo” and McMichaels doing The Replacements’ “Alex Chilton”.
Watch: R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub honor Big Star
by Chris Coplan
on March 28, 2011, 4:30pm