Thursday, June 29, 2006

Beck @ Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles

Tuesday night, I headed to the Wiltern for what I thought was one of the better live shows I had seen in sometime. The concept is very simple and brilliant. Hire a bunch of puppeteers to make marionette puppets of you and have them act out every move you do. Videotape the puppets and project it on the screen behind you.

"By planting a video camera right in front of their dollhouse of a stage, the production made them larger than life at the Wiltern — it was the puppets, not the people, that were projected on the large video screen throughout the show, moving mouths, arms and legs in coordination with the real musicians." LA Times

Not everyone loved the show though.

"On Wednesday night at the Wiltern he was downright boring. He stood on stage like he'd rather be anywhere else but there. It took him about 30 minutes to even address the audience ("I wanna thank my friends and family for coming out to the show. It's good to be home."). Apparently he needs some new inspiraton, LRH doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore. A friend once warned me against seeing George Jones ("he'll just play all the songs you wanna see in a medley"). Guess what Beck did? Lots of medleys. Did you like Midnight Vultures? He summarized pretty much the whole record into a ten minute medley? Do you like "Loser"? How about watching the recorded version lip synched by puppets? And the sound at the Wiltern is horrible. Beautiful venue. Awful sound." You Set the Scene

I agree with some of that. I am sure Beck is pretty tired of playing Loser, so I thought it was very clever of him to have the puppets perform it solo as opposed to the band doing it. I did think the sound needed some work and did have some issues hearing the lyrics. I enjoyed the medley though.

As in the last tour, Beck closed the show with the dining table bit where members sit around and eat dinner on stage before slowly building a percussion section out of glasses, plates, and silverware.

The week of greatness continues with Radiohead tonight!


Blogger Jenn said...

The table thing always amazes me. Did Jamie play with them?

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Anonymous dan said...

Yeah. Jamie Lidell opened up and then came back out to bang on the table with the rest of the band. I really like his new album, but was disappointed by his live show.

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