|Performing at Ford Theatres is, from left, a new member of |
Beck's touring band, Beck, and keyboardist Roger Manning Jr.
Photo: Kim Kinsler
Where: John Anson Ford Theatres, Hollywood, CA
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Next: Beck will perform as part of the iHeartRadio ALTer Ego concert on Jan. 19, 2018 at the Forum in Inglewood. Also on that bill are Mumford & Sons, Spoon, Cage the Elephant and the National
Beck performed his first hometown performance since releasing his new album Colors at the John Anson Ford Theatres last night, delivering an entertaining and wide-ranging concert confirming the singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist remains one of the most talented artists making music anywhere on the planet.
Since its release on October 13, Colors has been universally praised and for good reason. The album is a mostly-upbeat and intoxicating '80s-flavored masterwork filled with songs that inspire dance moves even as they dazzle with creative and compelling arrangements. Announced just last week, the Ford Theatres concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of 1,200 who packed into the beautiful outdoor amphitheater to catch up on Beck in the wake of the release of his first new studio album since 2014's Americana-minded Morning Phase (that brilliant album earned Album of the Year honors at the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015).
|Beck and his band performing on October 18, 2017.|
Photo: Robert Kinsler
In fact, from the opening selections of his performance (the grooving "Devil's Haircut" and equally dynamic "Black Tambourine") to the super cool '80s synth pop "I Think I'm In Love" / ""I Feel Love" (the latter a hit for Donna Summer) and funky "The New Pollution," Beck seemed inspired to keep the crowd on their feet and having a great time.
"I'm very thankful for this beautiful night," Beck said, clearly delighted with the spirit of this special gig attended by many of the artist's family members and friends.
|Jason Falkner performing at Ford Theatres.|
Photo: Kim Kinsler
The fact that Beck performed dance material, alternative rock, folk ("fingerpicking songs"), blues and more was impressive to be sure. While the performance of his hit "Loser" was obviously a favorite and had everyone moving and singing, an extended "Where It's At" that served as a point to provide introductions to his band members was also extremely moving and fun. In the gives-me-chills column was a potent tribute to the late Tom Petty via guitarist Falkner leading the band through "American Girl"; moments later, the audience was surprised (and impressed) via keyboardist Roger Manning Jr. delivering up a fantastic imitation of Michael McDonald's "Takin' It To The Streets."
The encore also featured Beck performing the decidedly bluesy "One Foot in the Grave" where his rapid-fire vocals and impressive blues harmonica work were played over the sparse accompaniment of a bass drum. A soulful "Debra" with sweet falsetto vocals and joyful refrain of "Where It's At" (often recognized by the title "Two Turntables and a Microphone") closed things out of a high-impact and memorable close.
Review by Robert Kinsler