In April 2016, an all-star band featuring R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills, Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone, and many more gathered onstage at Glendale, California’s Alex Theatre to perform Big Star‘s classic Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety.
A live album and concert film from that performance will be released April 21st as Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live … and More. Ahead of the concert film’s premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 16th, Rolling Stone presents the supergroup’s take on Big Star’s #1 Record classic “In the Street.”
A labor of love, and it shows.
By the way, Third/Sister Lovers is one of the strangest great albums I’ve ever listened to. Alex Chilton had written a bunch of incredible songs, which he then proceeded to deconstruct out of some weird sense of disgust with the music industry and Big Star’s fate (not that it wasn’t understandable). It literally got to the point where he was told by the producer to shut the record down after he pulled a drunk off the street to help record a song.
That notwithstanding, Third/Sister Lovers is also one of the most compelling albums I’ve ever listened to. The paranoia and love wound together and expressed in “Nightime” give me chills every time I hear the song.
Yeah, I’ll have to see the movie.