Beck will be appearing at this leg of the Station To Station tour, curated by Doug Aitken.
The Barstow stop on this tour was a mini-festival of sorts, in a large desert drive-in movie theater. A few bands performed before Beck (including Cat Power, who did "He's A Mighty Good Leader," saying she learned it off of Beck). Movies by various visual artists were shown in between the musical acts. During Beck's set, a UFO by artist Peter Coffin flew overhead--leading to Beck adlibbing about it during "Where It's At."
Beck's set was thrilling; highlighted by Fred Martin's soul/gospel choir that he had used earlier in the year for the "Sound And Vision" cover/show. He also had Roger Joseph Manning Jr. on keyboards and a drummer I don't know on a minimal percussion set-up. The minimal sound, with the maximum energy choir, was a great mix, and they brought out an aspect of some of Beck's songs I've never heard before.
There were three new songs, "Wake Up," "Everlasting Nothing," and "Free Me." The choir and Beck also covered "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," which Beck has not done before.
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Choral Leader: Fred Martin
Drums: Drew Hester
Drums (Electronic): Drew Hester
Guitar (Acoustic Slide): Beck Hansen
Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
Guitar (Electric): Beck Hansen
Harmonica: Beck Hansen
Keyboard Bass: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
keyboards: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Opening Act: Cat Power, Cold Cave, Lucky Dragons, No Age
Synthesizer: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Tambourine: Drew Hester
Vocals: Beck Hansen