Big Star to perform final show as tribute to late frontman Alex Chilton

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Big Star will perform what is expected to be its final show at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park Saturday night.

Big Star's frontman, Memphis musician Alex Chilton, died of a heart attack in March.

Big Star, which formed in Memphis in 1971, was originally scheduled to kick off the Levitt Shell Concert Series.  The concert will now go on as a tribute to the late singer who is also known for his work with the hit 1960's band The Box Tops.

Big Star's first three albums all made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills will also pay tribute to Chilton.  Mills often cited Big Star as one of his key influences.

Saturday also marks the first time alcohol will be served at the Levitt Shell.  The Memphis City Council approved the sale of beer and wine by the cup during concerts.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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