Beck played his first headlining gig at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, offering up a career-spanning set and welcoming some friends and tourmates onstage to join him.
After opening with mid-‘90s era Odelay tacks like “Devil’s Haircut” and “The New Pollution,” the Grammy-winner made his way to his newer material like “Up All Night” and “Wow” off of his 2017 effort Colors.
As Beck told Relix in early 2018 the “real goal of the record” was to uplift his listeners, and uplift them he did over this single-set show at MSG.
Following the Colors track “I’m So Free,” Beck welcomed Britt Daniels of Spoon onstage to add guitar and vocals on another newer cut “Dear Life.” Afterwards, Daniels stuck around to lead Beck on a version of his own tune, Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On.”
And just when fans thought they’d been given their last surprise, opener and indie star Jenny Lewis joined Beck for “Girl Dreams,” an rarity off of 1994’s One Foot in the Grave. According to Setlist.fm, this performance marked the first time “Girl Dreams” has been played since 2003.
As the set progressed, Beck touched on several eras of his varied career, playing everything from “Blue Moon” off of Album of the Year winner Morning Phase to his rollicking hits “Loser” and “E-Pro.”
For his encore, Beck sandwiched a dance-heavy medley (containing pop hits like the Doobie Brothers’ “Taking It To The Streets,” Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime,” Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” and more) within his own “Where It’s At.”
Check out the full setlist and some video highlights below:
July 19, 2018
Madison Square Garden, New York City
Devil’s Haircut, The New Pollution, Mixed Bizness, Up All Night, Wow, Qué Onda Güero, Think I’m in Love, I’m So Free, Dear Life*, I Turn My Camera On*^, Girl Dreams%, Lose Cause, Blue Moon, Dreams, Girl, Colors, Loser, E-Pro
Enc: Where It’s At, Medley (Can I Kick It, Good Times, See No Evil, I’m Waiting For the Man, Taking It To The Streets, Once In A Lifetime, In The Air Tonight), One Food in the Grave, Where It’s At
- with Britt Daniels
^ Spoon cover
% with Jenny Lewis, first time played since 2003