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Published: 2012/05/21

Big Star’s Jody Stephens Sits in with Wilco

Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, the only living member of the seminal power pop band’s original lineup, sat in with Wilco on Saturday night. The performance took place at Mud Island Amphitheatre in Stephens’ hometown of Memphis, TN. Stephens emerged at the start of the band’s encore of a take on one of Big Star’s signature songs, “In the Street,” with Wilco bassist John Stirratt supplying a rare lead vocal. The drummer returned at the end of the encore for “Hoodoo Voodoo.” The latter song also featured the members of Purling Hiss, who opened the show, on electric guitar and percussion.

Wilco covered Big Star’s “Thirteen” on the classic tribute album Big Star Small World and have performed the band’s music live on many occasions over the years. The members of Wilco have also played a few tribute shows with Stephens since the death of Big Star’s Alex Chilton in 2010. Stephens also sat in with Wilco Memphis, TN’s Beale Street Music Festival last spring.

Here’s a look at Wilco’s setlist via Facebook

Saturday, May 19, Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN

Via Chicago
Art Of Almost
I Might
... War On War
She’s A Jar
Handshake Drugs
Spiders (Kidsmoke) (acoustic arrangement)
Impossible Germany
Born Alone
Laminated Cat (aka Not For The Season) (electric arrangement)
Standing O
Jesus, etc.
Whole Love
Too Far Apart
I’m Always In Love
Dawned On Me

The Late Greats
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m The Man Who Loves You

In The Street [Big Star] (w/Jody Stephens on drums, John Stirratt on lead vocals, Glenn Kotche on cowbell)
Red-Eyed and Blue
I Got You (At The End of the Century)
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Hoodoo Voodoo (w/Jody Stephens, bass/guitar/keyboard tech Josh on cowbell & members of Purling Hiss on electric guitar and percussion)

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