|Big Star - Shepherds Bush, London, 28th August 2008|
A word about the setting, Central Park is of course beautiful, I have seen a few concerts here in the last 18 months and the Summerstage series is always varied and ran very well. The sound is spot-on, particularly for an outdoor event and the food on offer is great, special shout out to Pizza Moto, who make amazing pizza (it should be for $5 a slice...). On the bad side it's annoying when people lay claim to large parts of the ground with blankets, on a busy event it causes people to have to bulge out to the sides when they should really be able to just stand where they want. You're at a gig, not a picnic... but for the most part the organisers are on the right side of doing things.
Whilst this was billed as a performance of Third/Sister Lovers in full, we were also treated to many other Big Star classics before and after the "main" set, including Back of a Car, In the Street, Thirteen, When My Baby's Beside Me, I could go on but you hopefully get the idea.
Jody Stephens left the drumkit to take center stage for a few songs, including a lovely rendition of For You.
One highlight of the evening saw one of my favourite singers, Sharon Van Etten (who also lives in my neighbourhood, I keep hoping I'll bump into her one day!) deliver a beautiful duet with Ken Stringfellow on Dream Lover.
|Ken Stringfellow and Sharon Van Etten|
|Even if she isn't, I can pretend she's looking at me, right?|
I don't want to clog up this review by naming all the guests, Mike Mills filled in on numerous songs either playing bass or singing, and while REM are no more I will certainly take what I can get! His vocals on September Gurls were fantastic. Another highlight was seeing Television's Richard Lloyd play guitar on a few songs.
After two and a half hours, the evening drew to a close, as fireflies sparkled during the evening, Alex Chilton's legacy shines evermore.