Beck Surprises London With Cash Only 'Colors' Gig

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Beck performs at O2 Academy Brixton on June 28, 2016 in London.

Beck gave short notice to his London followers on Sunday morning (Oct. 8) by tweeting that later in the evening, he'd perform his new album Colors (out Oct. 13) for a select few. 

"All the #Colors LIVE," he tweeted. "Tonight in London at @omearalondon. CASH only at the door." 

Inside Omeara, Beck performed 20 songs in total including the live debut for single "Up All Night," according to NME​. The British magazine also reported that Beck told the crowd, "I’m feeling a bit sentimental. Maybe it’s that time of year. Maybe it’s because I got to see Tom Petty play his last show last week. It puts all of these moments in perspective, so I really appreciate being here. It’s all a fleeting thing.”

Check out social media posts from audience members and the full set list below. 


It's #Beck covering #TheClash at #Omeara. Shot by @mikewilliamssss

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TL;DR: I rarely want to gush on here but this surreal day needs to be logged! What a day to remember! I found out about a last-minute Beck show at @omearalondon right around 2 hours before doors open. 1) When I got there I was informed that tickets have all been allocated and people have stayed in line since it was announced 6 hours prior. 2) Walking away with my headphones on, I felt someone following me around the corner - turns out to be a guy with Omeara who has been trying to get my attention - he says there's one ticket left after all! 3) With the last ticket at the door, I got to be a part of an amazing night to remember: Setlist was on point; no filler songs and the band totally smashed it- apparently some members only landed a few hours ago with no jet lag. (That will be me tomorrow morning, I fly in 5 hours...) The sound in the intimate venue was amazing, even the band introductions when each member started doing cover songs (Bowie!) and especially the easy banter. What a difference it makes when the band is truly having a good time as well. You can tell with a gig like this that everyone was a huge fan and the show was insane as a result. Not too shabby for a Sunday night huh!!

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I’m a loser baby. @beck #secretgig

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Beck's Omeara set list 

Blackbird Chain
Blue Moon
Lost Cause
Say Goodbye
Heart Is a Drum
Devils Haircut
Nausea (First time since 2012)
Go It Alone
Black Tambourine
Think I’m in Love
The New Pollution
Mixed Bizness
Qué Onda Güero
Soul of a Man
Paper Tiger
Up All Night (Live Debut)
Where It’s At