Beck Biography & News
A 'Sea Change' for Beck
"I Won't Be Long" was a single released by Beck in 2013 that seemed to serve notice that brand new music was on the horizon.
Notice acknowledged. New music? Practically floating through your earbuds.
Beck's "Morning Phrase" is on the way, and it features many of the same musicians with whom he had worked on the critically acclaimed 2002 album "Sea Change." And he let fans get a sneak peek by streaming the album on NPR ahead of its official release.
The now 43-year-old told Billboard he has been writing contemplative, acoustic songs for his entire career, and that "Sea Change" will be a 'totally different, more intimate kind of thing.' (Don't fret: It's still complete with the phenomenal backing band featuring bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson, guitarist Smokey Hormel, keyboard player Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and drummer Joey Waronker).
Following the album release, Beck will hit the road for a media blitz that will include an appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on March 1. It will be his seventh appearance as a musical guest on "SNL," and this time "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons will host.
Beck has already dropped two tracks from "Morning Phase," the lonely "Blue Moon" (which also appears on volume two of the "Girls" soundtrack) and the ballad "Walking Light." He'll presumably be taking those songs (and more from the new album) on tour this summer, with the lone date on the calendar so far coming on April 26 for Edgefest 24.
Beck tackles Bowie's "Sound and Vision" (Updated February 7, 2013)
What's Beck been up to lately? To answer that question we have to go back a little ways to 1999, when a jarring change in his musical direction was apparent with the release of his seventh studio album, "Midnite Vultures." Called 'part satire and part salute to soul and funk' by Billboard magazine, reviews for mixed for the widely varying musical styles and the album failed to achieve the same commercial success as his breakthrough projects.
Beck shifted course again with 2002's "Sea Change," recorded in the wake of a painful breakup, and after an extended break he returned in 2005 with "Guero," an album that sparked a reunion with the Dust Brothers. It spawned several hits, including "E-Pro" and "Hell Yes" and was followed months later by "Guerolito," a remixed version of the album.
In February 2008, Beck told Rolling Stone magazine he was working on another new album with an "unnamed producer" eventually revealed to be Danger Mouse. That album, "Modern Guilt," marked the first time in 14 years Beck worked with a producer beyond the Dust Brothers or Godrich. He also began experimenting and collaborating with other artists, working on an album with country singer Dwight Yoakam and later appearing on a mixtape from actor Donald Glover.
Beck's latest project, "Song Reader," was released in December 2012 and features twenty songs as sheet music only, with full-color art for each song, in a hardcover carrying case. Healso recently recorded an eight-minute version of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision" with an 167-piece ensemble that will launch the Lincoln motor company's online "Hello, Again" series.
Beck Tickets - Not Just Any 'Loser'
You want originality, creativity, a newborn essence of Paul McCartney-meets- Bob Dylan fanaticism and musical genius? That describes the music artist simply known as Beck to a tee. Born Bek David Campbell on July 8, 1970, he was born in Los Angeles, California, struggling to find a calling, practically homeless on a few occasions. Heading to Los Angeles, here was a man sneaking onto stages, trying to make a name for himself -- someone caught wind of him. And that was Geffen Records.
Beck Tickets - Gettin' Freaky With the Cheez Whiz
His debut Mellow Gold in 1994 earned him critical acclaim, especially with his hit 'Loser' taking the music arena by storm. He later in 1996 hit it big again, dispelling the notion that he was a 1-hit wonder, with the release Odelay, featuring the hit single 'Where It's At.' Since then, his music has astounded many with the ability to reinvent himself and redefine himself countless times, heralded by many as a veritable music genius.
Beck Tickets - He Definitely Is Where It's At
You can't really label Beck into any genre; but for sure, his style is a mix of folk, punk, rock and Hip Hop fused with drum machines, instrumentations, and heady sound effects. The man once known as Bek David Campbell truly found his calling. Once again, a veritable genius in the music industry.
|Album name||Release date|
|Pay No Mind / Green Light||2009|
|2002-12-24: KCRW Session, Santa Monica, CA, USA||2006|
|Gameboy Variations (Hell Yes EP)||2005|
|Beck Remix EP #1||2005|
|Remix EP #2||2005|
|A Brief Overview||2005|
|Frontin' on Debra||2004|
|Maximum Beck: The Unathorized Biography of Beck||2000|
|Nicotine & Gravy||2000|
|Stray Blues: A Collection of B-Sides||2000|
|Nobody's Fault But My Own||1999|
|Kill Any/All Spin Personnel||1998|
|The Mutations Conversations||1998|
|Select Magazine: Beck||1997|
|The New Pollution||1997|
|The New Pollution and Other Favorites||1997|
|Where It's At||1996|
|It's All in Your Mind||1995|
|A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight||1995|
|Pay No Mind (Snoozer)||1994|
|Steve Threw Up||1994|
|One Foot in the Grave||1994|
|Mellow Gold Tour Sampler||1994|
|Fresh Meat and Old Slabs||1993|
|Buck Fuck Iowa||1992|
|Beck, Like the Beer||1992|
|Don't Get Bent Out of Shape||1992|
Top 10 Beck Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|5||Where It's At||72,170||36,889|
|7||The New Pollution||57,973||30,897|
|8||The Golden Age||63,410||27,977|
|9||Go It Alone||56,693||27,429|
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Beck Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 05/22/2015 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 05/22/2015 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 05/20/2015 Charlottesville VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion 05/19/2015 North Charleston SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center 05/16/2015 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheatre 05/15/2015 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 05/15/2015 Gulf Shores AL Gulf Shores Beach 04/18/2015 Cleveland OH Public Hall Cleveland 02/08/2015 Los Angeles CA Staples Center
Beck Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/11/2014 Mexico City ?? Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 10/10/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/09/2014 Houston TX Bayou Music Center 10/07/2014 Tulsa OK Brady Theater 10/05/2014 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 10/03/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/02/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 09/21/2014 Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 09/20/2014 Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 09/19/2014 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 09/11/2014 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 09/10/2014 Brussels Bru Vorst Nationaal NV 09/08/2014 Amsterdam Nhl Heineken Music Hall 09/05/2014 Los Angeles CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel 09/04/2014 Newport Iow Robin Hill Country Park 08/24/2014 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/23/2014 Monterey CA Monterey County Fair & Event Center 08/23/2014 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/23/2014 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/21/2014 Troutdale OR McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor 08/20/2014 Redmond WA Marymoor Park 08/19/2014 Burnaby BC Deer Lake Park 08/15/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 08/14/2014 Salt Lake City UT Pioneer Park 07/27/2014 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 07/26/2014 Providence RI Providence Performing Arts Center 07/25/2014 Camden NJ World Cafe 07/25/2014 Camden NJ Camden Waterfront 07/24/2014 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 07/23/2014 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater 07/22/2014 Atlanta GA Fox Theatre 07/20/2014 Louisville KY Louisville Waterfront Park 07/19/2014 Grand Rapids MI DeVos Performance Hall 07/18/2014 Chicago IL Union Park 07/18/2014 Louisville KY Louisville Waterfront Park 07/16/2014 Saint Louis MO The Pageant 07/15/2014 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 07/14/2014 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 07/12/2014 Asheville NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 07/11/2014 Charlotte NC Uptown Amphitheatre at NC Music Factory 07/01/2014 New York NY Rumsey Playfield, Central Park 06/30/2014 New York NY Hammerstein Ballroom 06/28/2014 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 06/27/2014 Toronto ON Sony Centre For The Performing Arts 06/25/2014 Montreal QC Place des Arts 06/24/2014 North Adams MA MASS MoCA 06/21/2014 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/20/2014 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 06/19/2014 Cleveland OH State Theatre - The Playhouse Square Center 06/19/2014 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 05/31/2014 Irvine CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre 05/02/2014 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 04/26/2014 Frisco TX Toyota Stadium 04/24/2014 El Paso TX Abraham Chavez Theatre 04/23/2014 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2014 Santa Barbara CA Arlington Theatre 04/09/2014 Santa Barbara CA Arlington Theatre
Beck Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/24/2013 Los Angeles CA Walt Disney Concert Hall 11/12/2013 Porto Alegre RS Pepsi on Stage 10/27/2013 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/26/2013 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/20/2013 San Francisco CA Treasure Island 10/19/2013 San Francisco CA Treasure Island 10/19/2013 San Francisco CA Treasure Island 08/04/2013 Brooklyn NY Prospect Park 08/04/2013 Brooklyn NY Prospect Park 08/03/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/02/2013 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 08/02/2013 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/01/2013 Portland ME State Theatre 07/30/2013 Portland ME State Theatre 07/28/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/27/2013 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge 07/07/2013 London Lnd Union Chapel 07/06/2013 Cambridge Cambridgeshire Cambridge Corn Exchange 07/04/2013 London Lnd Barbican Hall 05/20/2013 San Francisco CA Davies Symphony Hall 05/19/2013 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre
Beck Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/10/2012 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia 11/14/2012 Sydney New South Wales State Theatre 08/10/2012 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/08/2012 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 06/24/2012 New York NY Randalls Island 06/23/2012 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Event Center 06/23/2012 New York NY Randalls Island 05/28/2012 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/27/2012 Bend OR Les Schwab Amphitheater 05/27/2012 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/25/2012 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/24/2012 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/24/2012 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 05/22/2012 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre
Beck Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/23/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/22/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/20/2011 Napa CA Uptown Theatre Napa
Beck Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 06/26/2010 Bridgeview IL Toyota Park 05/21/2010 Norfolk VA Constant Convocation Center 04/30/2010 Memphis TN Tom Lee Park