Alex Chilton’s sudden death days before his band Big Star was slated to perform at SXSW last March left the music world stunned. This Friday, May 15, the remaining members of Big Star will perform in Memphis for what was meant to be the band’s homecoming show after an extensive spring tour. Proceeds from the show, which will feature special appearances by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs, will help bring 50 free concerts to Memphis by supporting Levitt Shell’s free concert series.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at doors, and a $65 VIP package is also available that gives fans access to the soundcheck party. Tickets for the Memphis benefit show can be purchased on Levitt Shell’s website.