Beck, the renowned multitalented, multi-instrumental, multigenre musician, headlined a packed crowd of about 24,000 for a Twilight Concert Series performance on a muggy Thursday night at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City.
His nearly 90-minute set started with "Devil’s Haircut" and jammed through his vast 20-year catalogue, including early hits like "Loser" and "Beer Can" to "Hell Yes," "Girl" and more introspective but well-received songs from his latest album "Morning Phase," predicted to be an album of the year contender.
Beck bantered lightly about such things as the park trees with the enthusiastic crowd throughout the evening, and repeatedly asked those mashed in front of the stage to "take care of each other."
"That’s the most action I’ve seen down there since 1996," he said after playing the hip-hop-Mexican-slag-fused-mashup "Qué Onda Guero."
The two-song encore started with "Debra" for "the lover’s tonight" and ended with a medley of "Where It’s At" and "One Foot in the Grave" that put a spotlight on Beck’s talented backup band.
Beck also has another new album, "Song Reader," a collection of songs that Beck wrote and released as sheet music two years ago for the online literary journal McSweeney’s. The benefit album features those songs recorded by artists such as Jack White, Jack Black, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Norah Jones, fun. and David Johansen. Beck recorded one song on the album, "Heaven’s Ladder."
Future Islands opened the Twilight show.
Here are photos from the concert.
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