Guess Who’s Beck At The 2014 iTunes Festival?
REVIEW: The evergreen Californian hip-hop rocker plays London for the “first time in 70 years,” apparently...
It was the second night of London’s iTunes Festival at Camden’s Roundhouse and the queue to see the pint-sized musical maverick Beck, went round the block (or, more accurately, right down Chalk Farm Road).
Feeling: There was big buzz between the bearded males and flowery-frocked females as a distinctly mature (30+) audience huddled into Camden’s most majestic music venue on a warm Tuesday evening (September 2). For an artist that doesn’t play the Capital often, the sense of anticipation was high after indie poster girl Jenny Lewis got the evening swaying with her jangly brand of alt-pop.
The Look: Beck, a lo-fi pioneer back in the 90s, dressed in a black with a red shirt and hat like a travelling Deep South preacher, preaching a sermon of funky soul pop and hip-hop Americana. A divine mix! Stood in front of a dazzling array of screens projecting all kinds of lush visuals was Beck’s band that swapped instruments and spent the evening, basically, mucking around and having the greatest time on stage.
Tunes: Legit classic, Loser won the crowd early on as did bona-fide classics, The New Pollution, Sexx Laws and closer Where It’s At. It was a night when Beck shunned recent material for oldies and an even squeezed in a cheeky cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.
Banter: The whole night was a celebration, a coming together of Beck’s impressive back catalogue of hits and throughout the night banter did flow between himself and his band as they had play fights and pranked each other.
Sweat Factor: Mid-to-high perspiration as the crowd found their pogoing-feet for a Where It’s At jump around.
Summary: Beck is lo-fi rock’s version of Prince. The stage is his kingdom on which he gyrates with funky abandon. And like Prince, Beck has amassed years worth of hits which still feel as fresh now as they did when they dropped all those years ago (and which makes me feel so old. But so what!)
Beck iTunes Festival 2014 Setlist:
One Foot In The Grave
The New Pollution
Think I’m In Love/I Feel Love
Heart Is A Drum
Where It’s At
By Mike Currell