R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills will be among those playing a memorial concert to pay tribute to Alex Chilton, who passed away earlier this year. Mills cites Chilton, who sang for the influential 70’s band The Box Tops and Big Star, as a main influence. Chilton died of a heart attack, just before he was heading to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest music festival.
Mills will be joined by the original Big Star bassist, Andy Hummell, Norwegian pop singer Sondre Lerche, singer-songwriter Amy Speace, and Raconteurs guitarist Brendan Benson. The musicians will also be supported on stage by the last incarnation of Big Star, featuring Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow, and Jon Auer.
The memorial concert fundraiser will be held May 15th at Overton Park’s Levitt Shell in in Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets are $20 in advance. Visit Levitt Shell for more details.