A host of musicians are set to take part in a concert paying tribute to US guitar pop band Big Star and their third album, ‘Sister Lovers’.
The record, also referred to as ‘Third’, was released in 1978 but recorded in 1974.
The Big Star Third show will take place at London’s Barbican on May 28 and will see the album performed in full by musicians that include the only surviving original member of Big Star Jody Stephens, as well as Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, John Bramwell of I Am Kloot, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Sharon Van Etten – pictured below – Robyn Hitchcock and more.
The original string and wind orchestrations will be used in the performance, and the evening will also see a second set of Big Star songs. ‘Sister Lovers’ has previously been performed in 2010 in Carrboro, North Carolina and New York.
Chris Stamey, a former collaborator with the late Alex Chilton of Big Star, will also be performing on the evening. Of the show he has said: “We’ve created a concert piece that will have a life in years to come, trying to keep the spirit of the music and make it come across with the right emotions live. There’s something about this record that connects across generations.”
For more information, visit: Barbican.org.uk.