Original Big Star Members to Reunite for Alex Chilton
Big Star’s scheduled homecoming performance at Memphis’ Levitt Shell in Overton Park this Saturday, May 15, has been turned into a tribute to Alex Chilton. The group’s founding member died of a heart attack in March. Big Star’s final lineup—original drummer Jody Stephens and latter day members John Auer and Ken Stringfellow—will be joined by a range of guests during the performance, including former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, R.E.M guitarist Mike Mills and The Raconteurs guitarist Brendan Benson. Hummel, one of the band’s co-founders, joined Big Star for the first time in thirty years at Chilton tribute in Austin, TX this past March.
Chilton played his final show with Big Star at Brooklyn, NY’s Masonic Temple this past November. A special VIP packages for Saturday’s show is also available, featuring are admission to the concert and a soundcheck party prior to the show.