Big Star’s Third will be performed (with its original string and wind orchestrations) by Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Mitch Easter, and Chris Stamey. They will be joined by Cat Power, Kurt Vile, and many others as part of the Sydney Festival.
Jan 23 – Big Star’s Third @ Sydney Festival, Sydney AUSTRALIA
Following that, Ken will tour Australia with Chris Stamey. Dates are below:
Jan 24 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ Astor Theatre, Perth AUSTRALIA
Jan 26 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide AUSTRALIA
Jan 28 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
Jan 29 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ Caravan Music Club, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
Jan 30 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
Jan 31 – Ken & Chris Stamey @ Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba AUSTRALIA
Feb 1 – KS & Chris Stamey @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney AUSTRALIA
A fully-orchestrated performance of Big Star’s legendary album Sister Lovers featuring Mitch Easter, Jody Stephens, Chris Stamey, Ken Stringfellow and Mike Mills (R.E.M.).
More info & tickets at Barbican.org.uk | RSVP on Facebook
The Posies will be playing “Frosting On The Beater” at the Taste of Randolph Street Festival June 20th in Chicago (5:30pm – 6:45pm), and they’ll also be at Charlotte Pop Fest in Charlotte, NC on September 24th.
Advance tickets for Charlotte Pop Fest are available here. (Please note they are only allowing 100 advance tickets for the Posies’ show… so get them soon.)
Big Star news:
+ Rhino confirms a box set is in the works.
– Scarlett Johansson is covering “I Am The Cosmos” on her next record.
On the topic of Big Star, Bud Scoppa posted a never-published article from 2000 last week on his blog. It comes highly recommended – you’ll see that in the comments, Jody Stephens calls it “one of the best pieces [he’s] ever seen about the band.”
Here’s a snippet on the Posies:
Says Jody Stephens, who handpicked the Posies to fill in the holes for the reunited Big Star: “Frosting on the Beater does to me what all my favorite albums do: They surprise me with a sense of wonder much like the kids in ET must have felt when all their bikes took to the air.”