Beck launches ‘Colors’ and covers The Clash and Gary Numan at surprise, intimate London gig

He also honoured Tom Petty and warned against his least favourite language

Beck stormed London last night, playing a surprise last-minute, intimate show at Omeara. Check out photos, footage and the setlist below.

After teasing fans in the day, the alt-rock veteran then confirmed that he’d be playing a gig for just a few hundred lucky fans at the London Bridge venue. Launching new album ‘Colors‘, which will be released this week on Friday October 13, Beck gave new single ‘Up All Night’ its live debut.

Other highlights included soulful cuts from his Grammy-winning ‘Morning Phase’, along with recent one-off single ‘Dreams’ and the indie classics of ‘Loser’, ‘E-Pro’, ‘Devil’s Haircut’, ‘The New Pollution’ and ‘Think I’m In Love’. As well as performing ‘Nausea’ for the first time since 2012, Beck also threw in snippet covers of ‘London Calling’ by The Clash, ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan and Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ while introducing his bandmates.

It's #Beck covering #TheClash at #Omeara. Shot by @mikewilliamssss

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“I’m feeling a bit sentimental,” Beck told the crowd. “Maybe it’s that time of year. Maybe it’s because I got to see Tom Petty play his last show last week. It puts all of these moments in perspective so I really appreciate being here. It’s all a fleeting thing.”

In another moment of brilliant banter, Beck said from the stage: “I don’t support the word ‘lit’. Everyone says that. I’m glad that hasn’t caught on over here. Do you say Gucci here? People say how are you doing and then people say ‘Gucci’. We need to come up with some new words.”

When an audience member put forward the word ‘wowsers’, Beck replied: “Like Wow? Yeah, I like that. I’d like to hear that in a Young Thug song. I’m gonna take that home with me.”

TL;DR: I rarely want to gush on here but this surreal day needs to be logged! What a day to remember! I found out about a last-minute Beck show at @omearalondon right around 2 hours before doors open. 1) When I got there I was informed that tickets have all been allocated and people have stayed in line since it was announced 6 hours prior. 2) Walking away with my headphones on, I felt someone following me around the corner – turns out to be a guy with Omeara who has been trying to get my attention – he says there's one ticket left after all! 3) With the last ticket at the door, I got to be a part of an amazing night to remember: Setlist was on point; no filler songs and the band totally smashed it- apparently some members only landed a few hours ago with no jet lag. (That will be me tomorrow morning, I fly in 5 hours…) The sound in the intimate venue was amazing, even the band introductions when each member started doing cover songs (Bowie!) and especially the easy banter. What a difference it makes when the band is truly having a good time as well. You can tell with a gig like this that everyone was a huge fan and the show was insane as a result. Not too shabby for a Sunday night huh!!

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I FEEEEEEEELLLLL LOOOOOOOVVVVEEE . . . #beck #omeara #goat #bestgigever

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The absolute greatest #beck

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Beck’s setlist was:

Blackbird Chain
Blue Moon
Lost Cause
Say Goodbye
Heart Is a Drum
Devils Haircut
Nausea (First time since 2012)
Go It Alone
Black Tambourine
Think I’m in Love
The New Pollution
Mixed Bizness
Qué Onda Güero
Soul of a Man
Paper Tiger
Dreams
Up All Night (Live Debut)
E-Pro
Loser
Encore:
Where It’s At

#beck secret gig at omeara was incredible! All the favs played to like 150 people…

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As well as appearing on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ this week, Beck releases ‘Colors’ on Friday October 6. More UK and world tour dates are expected to be announced soon.