September 2, 2014 - Roundhouse, London, England [hijacked]
Beck is playing a semi-private show for iTunes tomorrow at the Roundhouse in London. I say semi-private, because I believe tickets weren’t sold, but given away; so it’s possible general fans could be there, but it was a tough get. Also, the whole thing will be streamed live on online so I guess that’s good. :)
On to the city history! Beck has of course played in London a TON of times. I’ll leave off all the BBC/TV appearances to make this a little shorter to read.
1 & 2. November 28 & 29, 1994 - Two shows in London at different venues (Astoria and Splash Club). Don’t know anything about Splash Club gig, but the Astoria one (the 28th) has a bootleg and a crazy bizarre setlist. Beck played a large amount of unreleased but normal 1994 stuff like “Maximum Potential,” “Megaboob,” “Touch Of Class,” “Good Stuff,” and the only known version of “Protein Summer.”
3. March 31 1996 - Beck played a solo acoustic gig at King’s College, with the band Papas Fritas. ”Heartland Feeling,” “Leave Me On The Moon,” cool stuff like that.
4. December 10 1996 Brixton Academy - Back with the Odelay tour, this show was broadcast on the radio so the bootleg is awesome. :)
5. March 2 1997 Kilburn National Ballroom - Beck returns to Europe yet again on the Odelay tour, but this time for just two shows. (There was some odd scheduling on the Odelay tour sometimes.) Apparently there’s a video bootleg of this show, but I don’t have it.
6. May 10 1997 - Odelay tour still going strong, and Beck returns again to the Brixton Academy.
7. March 23, 2000 Wembley Arena - During Beth Orton’s opening act, Beck came out and they sang “No Expectations” together. Then during the last song of his own set, Beck got “impaled on the top of Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s bass,’ which hurt pretty bad and he got rushed he hospital, but it was just a deep bruise and no shows were missed.
8. June 25 & 26, 2001 - Brixton Academy again! I wrote about one of these shows for Pink Noise, the second night which was filmed for the TV. The first night doesn’t seem to have been bootlegged, but has a cool setlist (“Forcefield,” ends on “Beercan”).
9. April 26, 2003 - Royal Albert Hall - Beck’s solo acoustic tour of Europe. This show is overlooked because of the two nights later, but this show had a super long setlist (27 songs).
10. April 28, 2003 - Union Chapel - Also a solo acoustic tour, but this one a “secret show” which ended up being filmed in its entirety for TV. And thus, it’s one of the more famous Beck bootlegs/videos. Super cool to see Beck play shows by himself sometimes.
11 & 12. August 20 & 21, 2003 - Beck comes back for yet again two more shows at Brixton Academy, this time with his Sea Change Summer band. At the second show, they apparently covered The White Stripes “Black Math”! I believe a bootleg exists of this, does anyone have it to share?
13. March 14, 2005 - Islington Academy - Beck was in town for some Guero TV promotion and did a spontaneous show, announced the day of. Only room for about 800 people, and sold out instantaneously. Strange setlist though, almost entirely Guero (just released) and Information (not out yet) (except for “Devils Haircut”, “Where It’s At,” and “Get Real Paid”).
14. June 1 & 2, 2005 - Hammersmith Apollo - Beck back for the proper Guero tour. Brendan Benson opened.
15. September 2, 2006 - Information still not out yet, but they came back around for another show. Girl Talk opened.
16. July 4, 2008 - Hyde Park, O2 Wireless Festival… first festival gig in the city of London. Morrissey was also there.
17. July 7, 2013 - Union Chapel - last year Beck was in town for a London Song Reader concert, and did his own show. Mostly solo, but he did use a piano and bass player for some songs (Vincent Taurelle and Rory McCarthy respectively). Also Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream came out and they duetted on a Hank Williams and a Rolling Stones song. Beck also played a brand new song that to this day is otherwise unknown.