Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo members to play concert covering Big Star’s ‘Third’

Big Star's Jody Stephens will be joined by several guests to perform the band’s 1978 album

Big Star’s classic album ‘Third’ will be performed live by members of Wilco, R.E.M. and Yo La Tenga next month.

The Memphis band’s drummer Jody Stephens will play the 1978 album in full together with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Jessica Pratt, Kronos Quartet, and more at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles on April 27, Pitchfork reports.

The concert will be filmed with a release planned on CD and DVD.


Among the other performers are Robyn Hitchcock, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, Big Star members Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz. The band will also be accompanied by a full chamber orchestra conducted by Carl Marsh, who wrote the album’s original orchestrations.


As well as performing ’Third’, the band are planning to play a number of Big Star singles including ‘In the Street’, ‘September Gurls’, and more.

Next month will also see the release of a Big Star live album. ’Live on WLIR’ comes out on April 22 on Ardent.