Late Big Star leader ALEX CHILTON was saluted at the South By Southwest festival in Texas on Saturday (20Mar10) when his bandmates performed classics in his honour.
Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow and Jody Stephens agreed to perform Big Star's scheduled showcase in Austin, despite Chilton's death last week (17Mar10).
The singer-songwriter's widow agreed and penned a letter tribute to her late husband, which was read out to fans by the group's publicist.
She wrote, "He (Chilton) valued spontaneity... He was a mystery."
M. Ward, Mike Mills, Chuck Prophet, Evan Dando and punk icon John Doe were among the special guests who performed with Big Star at the Chilton tribute.
Original Big Star member Andy Hummel jetted in from Lithuania for the event.