BECK IN BUSINESS!

No new material at the first of the star's Brixton Academy dates - but there's a David Bowie cover, an ode to 70s jeans, and a invite for the crowd to dance onstage...

BECK‘s annual summer tour of Europe arrived in LONDON last night (June 25), playing the first of two indoor shows at the BRIXTON ACADEMY ahead of forthcoming festival shows at T IN THE PARK and RADIOHEAD‘s OXFORD gig.

Those expecting a radical new set were to be disappointed, however. The nine-piece band remained the same as on last year’s ‘Midnite Vultures’ tour, with the notable absence of DJ Swamp. The set, too, was largely unchanged: a greatest hits package with particular emphasis on ‘Midnite Vultures’. There was no sign of new material from the album Beck has reputedly been working on in LA, nor any evidence to back up his recent claim to NME.COM that he’d been pursuing a direction influenced by 70s British folk.

The one new addition to the repertoire was a guitar-heavy version of David Bowie‘s ‘Diamond Dogs’, much more conventional to the one by Beck and Timbaland on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. Elsewhere, a mid-set acoustic session was notable for a cover of Hank Williams’ ‘I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow’ and a rare performance of ‘Forcefield’ from Beck‘s 1994 album, ‘One Foot In The Grave’.

The rest of the time, Beck continued in party mode, inviting a dozen members of the audience onstage to dance with him during ‘Mixed Bizness’ and leading the crowd in a chant of “Sergio Valenti”, the name of a 70s brand of jeans.