Beck treated several hundred fans to a rare acoustic performance at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York last night (Oct. 22). The artist ran through a hefty 24-song set in just over 90 minutes insid
Beck treated several hundred fans to a rare acoustic performance at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York last night (Oct. 22). The artist ran through a hefty 24-song set in just over 90 minutes inside the former synagogue on the city's Lower East Side.
"I feel like we're Tesla unplugged," he joked, referencing the stripped-down set up. "We don't have a big plan tonight; just a lot of songs." Accompanying him was a five-piece backing band, three members of which played various percussion instruments throughout the night. The programmed beats of a Casio keyboard were also utilized on several cuts.
Beck was in good spirits, obliging requests of "Cold Brains," "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" and "Sissyneck." Towards the end of the set, the band sat at an onstage dinner table and used the silverware, dinner plates and water glasses as percussion instruments during "The Golden Age," "Clap Hands" and "Nausea."
Two new songs made the set as well, introduced as "Winter's Blue" and "Shadows on the Wall." Both were slow ballads, in the vein of his "Sea Change" material. Also included was "Strange Apparation," a song from Beck's new "The Information" that had not previously been played live.
Beck wraps up a short tour tonight in Philadelphia; according to a spokesperson, there no plans for him to resume roadwork this year.
Here is Beck's set list:
"End of the Day"
"We Dance Alone"
"Think I'm in Love"
"Guess I'm Doing Fine"
"Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime"
"Where It's At"
"Shadows on the Wall"
"Clap Hands/One Foot in the Grave"
"You're Running Wild"