Because of the pandemic, you can wait two years in Vienna for a “Good to be back, Beck” moment. Last night it was time in the arena. In just over an hour and a half, multi-skilled Los Angeles-based Beck Hanson drove his entire business through the longest day of the year.
“I am your music box,” shouted the seven-time Grammy Award winner, who was alone in his ivory suit on stage at first. It was supposed to be a huge crowd, but the beginning was, as he put it, “The Introduction to the Book”, and at the end those songs he played from his album “Morning Phase” including covers like “Everyone Should Learn At Sometime”.
Pandemic and treatment
An epidemic requires healing, even with a one-time Slacker Beck. What followed was a powerful tour through nearly all of his work, including some well-hidden covers. One can remember the late Prince, who noted himself on stage just as much in self-quoting. “Loser” thrown in the middle of the concert, “such a good song,” he said.
Turning to the “Guero” album turned out to be a stroke of luck for this evening, which was actually intended to be a double take on the 20-minute acoustic group. “E Guero” and “Where it’s At” formed the epilogue before the solo piece with the harmonica. Beck to “Oderlay,” because every end has a beginning, especially on the longest day of the year.
“Travel aficionado. Certified problem solver. Pop culture guru. Typical writer. Entrepreneur. Coffee trailblazer.”