Beck has played this 89X Birthday Bash a few times, this was his second. Also on the bill today: Pavement, Soul Coughing, and Sloan.
Patrick from Sloan tells a story:
Late May. Left Halifax with Sandra (girlfriend) and Larry (guitar tech) to go to Windsor, with a very brief stop-over in Toronto to meet up with the rest of the lads. From there it was a border-hassled drive to Pontiac, Michigan, and a gig with Beck in front of some 5000 Yanks. Pavement was also on the bill, along with Soul Coughing (!!!).
We played fairly well, considering it was the first time that we had seen each other in three weeks. The crowd was cool, and I saw quite a few people singing along, coaching me on the words (seriously).
Our A&R from the Enclave was there, and we had to do some sort of interview crap for the label and MTV, that will probably never be seen. I was sporting a new haircut, a short lived spiky 'do, a la Twice Removed, which was gone the next day in favour of the messy thing that I have been sporting for the past year. Of course that interview will end up haunting me in some way for the next six months, as all these things do, and I will have that hair-do to cringe at. Its silly to have to think about these things, and that's why I find myself going slowly insane.
Beck was quite cool to watch. The rest of the band had seen him in TO, but I had never had much interest beyond the usual Much Music time filler. Just as he went on stage their tour manager came to Chris to say that they needed an opening band for Boston in two days, and wondered if we would do it. Mild interest was pushed aside by wild panic as Andrew didn't want to do it because he was having some big-ass party the same night in TO, and our Enclave pal came close to the A&R version of a brain hemorrhage.
With Andrew convinced that he wasn't going to be pushed out of a good time, it was arranged that he would fly to Toronto right after the Boston show. But the timing meant that he would be leaving the show before we got off stage. For some reason this was acceptable. But it was two days, and three flights, away.
[people and bands
Bass: Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Drums: Joey Waronker
Guitar: Beck Hansen
Guitar (Electric): Smokey Hormel
Keyboard / Synthesizer: Theo Mondle
Other Band: Pavement, Sloan, Soul Coughing
Saxophone (Alto): David Brown
Trombone: David Ralicke
Turntables: DJ Swamp
Vocals: Beck Hansen