A year to the day since the cancelation of U2’s St. Louis stop of their Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour which was supposed to feature Beck as an opener, thousands of fans flocked to The Fabulous Fox to see Beck’s return to St. Louis, this time, go off without a hitch.
“It was one year ago tonight,” Beck mentioned. “So we’re here to make good on that.”
And that he did. With a sometimes high-energy, sometimes acoustic, sometimes new, and sometimes old performance, Beck’s 90 minute set more than made up for what he could’ve delivered in his 45 minute allotment on the U2 tour.
His current headlining run, The Colors Tour, comes as support of his latest studio album of the same name. The singer talked extensively about its inspiration being from the positive energy generated from extensive touring. Funneling that energy into a record, Colors is the happiest we’ve ever heard Beck.
That positive energy transitioned well to the stage as well, as he was backed by bright, often trippy graphics to accompany the new sound.
But that isn’t to say that the tour wasn’t a trip down memory lane, too, though. Playing old hits like “Loser” and “Up All Night,” it’s clear that Beck hasn’t lost sight of his old slacker image and neither have his fans.
Along with him, Beck brought the The Voidz. Headed by former vocalist of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, their 30 minute set was full of racket. With their over-modulated vocals, piercingly loud feedback, and an atonal sound, it was a completely contrasted ticket, but all in all, well received.