Watch Beck cover ‘Cars’ with Gary Numan

The pair joined forces at Riot fest

Beck covered Gary Numan‘s 1979 pop hit ‘Cars’ with the man himself during an appearance at Riot Fest last night (September 15).

The festival, which is taking place in Chicago, has seen performances from the likes of Weezer, Incubus, Father John Misty and Cat Power.

Beck has long been a fan of Numan’s track, incorporating it into his live shows since the beginning of his ‘Colors’ tour. He’s has performed the song long before that, with one dating back to 2002.


Last night, Numan joined Beck on stage for the rendition. Writing on Twitter, Numan said: “Honoured to be invited to join beck on stage tonight at RiotFest. Incredible band.” See that tweet below and footage of the performance below that.

Meanwhile, Weezer covered Blink 182’s ‘All The Small Things’ during their headline set at the festival on Friday (14 September).

The Los Angeles band stepped in to headline after Blink 182 were forced to cancel their fall tour due to drummer Travis Barker’s health issues.


Rivers Cuomo addressed the crowd before the song, reportedly saying that Weezer has learnt the punk classic especially for the show as a tribute, only to find out that Young the Giant – who played just before Weezer at Riot Fest – also covered the same song.

Cuomo said, “But we’re gonna do it anyway, because you can never have too much Blink in your life. Let’s see what it sounds like Weezer-style.”

It wasn’t the only cover of the night, with the band also playing Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’, the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and a-ha’s “Take On Me.” The band also brought out their hit version of Toto’s Africa.