Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: Omnivore
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Power Pop
When Big Star played the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee on October 29, 1994 it was a concert designed as a homecoming farewell show of an unexpected reunion tour. Three days later, the group played Los Angeles, the earliest indication that this one-off reunion would wind up a going concern. Many more concerts would come, along with a brand new album, but that 1994 Memphis show was something special because it was the only Big Star reunion show to be filmed in its entirety.
Live in Memphis documents what was supposed to be an end of sorts. Big Star had reunited in 1993, with original members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens recruiting Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow—both members of the Posies—to join them in the band. They had played a show in Columbia, Missouri, which was recorded, and the band’s second life took off from there.
Although no one would have predicted, back at the beginning of the second Big Star revival kickstarted by a 1993 reunion concert (the first can be traced to the early ‘80s when such fans as R. E. M.