Beck, one of rock’s best-preserved 40-somethings, looks a little run-down today.
The weather isn’t helping. “There was a heat wave for three months straight, and then today the temperature dropped and clouds came in,” he says, staring solemnly at the downtown Los Angeles skyline from a 12th floor studio in the Capitol Records Tower. “The sun isn’t shining quite as bright. I think it’s L.A.’s tribute to Tom Petty or something.”
It’s the day after Petty, one of Beck’s idols, died following a heart attack -- and two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. “It has been a rough few days,” says Beck. “I didn’t sleep a lot. Yesterday was just so... intense. It stabs you in the heart.”