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Beck To Hit Euro Festivals This Summer

Eclectic modern rocker Beck is heading overseas to make a series of European festival appearances, as well as play a handful of other shows, including July 7 in Oxford, England, supporting Radiohead,

Eclectic modern rocker Beck is heading overseas to make a series of European festival appearances, as well as play a handful of other shows, including July 7 in Oxford, England, supporting Radiohead, and July 12 in La Coruna, Spain, opening for Neil Young. The European run will kick off June 23 at Dublin's Creamfields Festival, and end July 14 at the Esparrago Festival in Jerez, Spain.

Prior to the European jaunt, Beck will be among the artists performing April 25-26 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus during a tribute to folk legend Harry Smith, who in 1952 released the enduring historical recording "Anthology of American Folk Music." Also appearing will be Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Tickets to the event are available from the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-82-2101 and online.

Beck has been working in the studio with Faithfull for her upcoming solo album, according to his official Web site. Beck has also signed on for two upcoming tribute albums. He recorded "Stagger Lee" for a Mississippi John Hurt collection, and covered "Lonesome Whistle (I Heard That)" for the Lost Highway label's upcoming Hank Williams Sr. tribute set. The latter set will also feature covers by Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and Emmylou Harris, among others.

Beck's last album, "Midnite Vultures" (DGC/Geffen/Interscope), debuted at No. 34 on The Billboard 200 in December 1999. The album is nominated for outstanding pop/rock album at the California Music Awards, which will be handed out April 28 at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, Calif.

Here are Beck's confirmed tour dates:

April 25-26: Los Angeles (UCLA, Royce Hall)
June 23: Dublin (Creamfields Festival)
June 25-26: London (Brixton Academy)
June 27: Birmingham, England (Academy)
June 29: Roskilde, Denmark (Roskilde Festival)
June 30: Werchter, Belgium (Werchter Festival)
July 1: Paris (Olympia)
July 4: Stockholm (Grona Lund)
July 6: Kristiansand, Norway (Quart Festival)
July 7: Oxford, England (South Park; solo, opening for Radiohead)
July 8: Glasgow (T in the Park)
July 9: Montreux, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival)
July 11: San Sebastian, Spain (Velodromo)
July 12: La Coruna, Spain (Coliseum; opening for Neil Young)
July 13: Vigo, Portugal (Villa de Mouros Festival)
July 14: Jerez, Spain (Esparrago Festival)