Beck Rocks Outside Lands For The Third Time The Main Stage Alternative Draws Huge Crowd
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-
“… When it came to who I wanted to cap the first day of Outside Lands with, I had to decide between either The Weeknd or Beck. That was easy. Beck.
Don’t get me wrong. I like The Weeknd. I just don’t like The Weeknd more than Beck. And to be frank, I’m not sure I could take over an hour of the The Weeknd’s fragile tenor voice. Sorry.
On the other hand, there was no way I could not have fun during Beck’s performance, unless he were to perform Sea Change in its entirety for his set (side note: I love Sea Change, but it’s juuuust little too downtempo for festival fare IMHO). Pulling music from his entire repertoire, Beck and his players basically gave Outside Lands an evening of Greatest Hits, and that was just what the doctor ordered.
From the opener “Devil’s Haircut” to “The New Pollution” to “Think I’m In Love” to “Girl” all the way to the finale “Where It’s At”, Beck entertained a capacity crowd with his hits and satiated his die-hard fans with a handful of deeper cuts and newish singles
When he wasn’t kicking out the jams, Beck took a moment to reminiscence over his Outside Lands history:
“I’ve got to play a few of these Outside Lands over the years so I feel kinda like part of the family, I think I was at the first one, actually.”
The performance was a whirlwind of colorful lights, and sleek, genre bending sonics. As I scanned the audience, I saw a full gamut of ages around me. Every aged face with a smile emblazoned thereon.
And while I’m sure the fans at the main stage were blissfully swaying back and forth with the downtempo sonics of The Weeknd, I couldn’t have thought of a better way of ending my first day of Outside Lands getting down and funky with the best “Loser” ever, Beck, reaffirming my decisions that I picked the right place to finish the party and that I knew exactly “Where It’s At” …”