Like he's done at Big Star shows throughout the years, co-founder Jody Stephens replicated nearly every drum fill just as he played them on his Memphis-based band's revered 1972 debut. Stephens did the same on the material from subsequent Big Star albums that comprised the second part of the show at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey. A few times, Stephens abandoned his kit and ventured to the front of the stage to sing lead. He also took a moment to acknowledge the late Richard Rosebrough Jr. (a drummer who contributed to a few songs on Big Star's second album, 1974's Radio City) and share a funny line that late frontman Alex Chilton once said about Big Star's last studio album, 2005's In Space.
Posies co-founder Jon Auer — who has been in the Big Star fold since 1993 — handled a fair share of material originally sung by Chris Bell, including a version of the solo Bell single "I Am the Cosmos" in the show's second part.
R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills — who has deemed #1 Record and its follow-up, 1974's Radio City, as "perfect" — relinquished his instrument when singing lead on "September Gurls" and other songs.
Best known as a longtime member of Wilco, Pat Sansone is no stranger to performing Big Star material, having done so with The Autumn Defense. On this night in Jersey City, Sansone also tackled the Chris Bell solo song "You and Your Sister."
Years before forming The dB's, Chris Stamey was a Big Star fan during the band's first run, and he worked with their original frontmen, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, as solo artists in the late 1970s. Stamey made his way around the White Eagle Hall stage to sing and play various instruments with ease and precision.