Beck managed to soldier on and complete the last two dates of his UK this weekend, despite being hospitalised following an accident at London Wembley Arena on Thursday night.
Beck suffered severe internal bruising after colliding with his bass player during a frantic closing sequence and became ‘impaled’ on the neck of the instrument. However, following a rest day on Friday he was well enough to proceed with a gig at Manchester Apollo.
A spokesperson for Beck told nme.com: “He was fine. People were worried that Friday’s show was going to be cancelled but that didn’t need to happen. He cancelled all press duties for the day and stayed a little longer in London than planned, so he could rest and sleep”.
“I spoke to him just before the show and he said he felt OK, if a little sore. But it’s not going to get in the way of the show. Once he starts, I think he forgets about it.”
Beck did not tailor his trademark frenetic performance on the night or indeed take any sort of medication before going onstage.
“He eats very healthily, a lot of organic food, that sort of thing,” explained his spokesperson, “so I think painkillers for him would only really be a last resort”.
The audience could not detect any shortcomings during the performance. “I couldn’t see he was injured at all”, one fan at the Manchester show told nme.com, “It was only afterwards that someone told me what had happened in London. He finished with ‘Devil’s Haircut’ and he looked great. It was a great show.”
Beck returns to the UK in August for the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekender.
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