Sept. 15, 2005

Beck Takes “Guero” On The Road

By Randy J. Klodz

Beck, one of rock’s most eccentric artists, is once again on the road, this time in support of his new, critically acclaimed album, “Guero.” Beck’s tour brings him to Chicago on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 at Riviera Theatre.

Most known for some of the most catchy alternative-rock songs ever written including “Devil’s Haircut,” “The New Pollution” and “Where It’s At,” Beck is considered an innovator in many music circles.

Beck’s biggest hit, his first, the breakout song “Loser” from the 1994 album “Mellow Gold,” sparked a buzz among the alternative-rock scene, and remains a radio hit to this day.

Now on tour with his latest album “Guero,” which hit stores in March, Beck takes more of an experimental route in a similar vein as “Mutations” and “Sea Change,” two of his more recent albums.

“Guero” features the single “E-Pro” with its grooving guitar and gritty sound. The moody track “Broken Drum” remains low on energy, but its piano and chiming beats offer a listener something not of the ordinary. “Girl” begins with an old-school video game interlude and develops into a light rocker. The collaboration with beat masters the Dust Brothers turns the song into a multi-dimensional art piece.

Beck’s live stage shows have been renowned as some of the best concerts in rock. Beck fans lucky to obtain tickets to either Chicago show should witness an unforgettable experience.

Riviera Theatre is at 4746 N. Racine Ave. Tickets for each all-ages show are listed for $36 each. Show time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For more info on Beck log on to

Beck Photo: Autumn DeWilde