This was given to me by my friend and your's, Vinod Shankar. This is
what he had to say:
Found a short old review in an old Beck 'zine I had. This was
written/printed in about Feb 1995... the last paragraph is wonderfully
You can find information about this concert at Hijacked Flavors!
BECK @ Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA 1/7/95 (Opening for Johnny Cash) Beck's amazing and diverse talent is lost on those that think he's a one trick pony. "Loser" was a great single but it was definitely oversaturated. Few people are aware of the three albums he released last year besides Mellow Gold on DGC. All on independent labels, each one had a unique sound that just scratches the surface of creativity. Playing for a packed house of hardcore country music fans, and a few scattered Hollywood hipsters, Beck performed a set of old school country/bluegrass covers and a few originals. He came out alone, dressed in blue jeans and a cowboy shirt, with just an acoustic guitar. Having seen many of his performances, the boy wonder never looked so nervous. Beck has played his country set around L.A. clubs, but to cooler-than-thou young scenesters, not old-time country faithfuls. This was a pure intimidating show that would test his country credibility. On his third tune, Beck brought out a banjo and immediately asked the "real pickers" in the crowd to bear with him. He introduced a tune by Jimmie Rodgers and received a smattering of acknowledgement in the form of applause. The indie rockers he usually plays for would never have heard of him. He began to tell a little about Rodgers, describing him as a "bad-ass" and expounding the virtues of his yodeling. Claiming yodeling has gotten a bad rap, and it has "nothing to do with suspenders and short pants," Beck picked away at the banjo and broke into the tune. When the yodeling portion came up, Beck sang it with complete sincerity and faithfulness that the audience gave him his biggest round of applause of the evening. He had passed the cred test. Halfway through the set, Beck brought a guy named Leo to play slide guitar, and a girl named Lisa from L.A. underground heroes Liquor Cabinet (a band in which Beck was a member until this past summer) to bang the brushes on a minimal drum kit. They played "Rowboat" from his LP Stereopathetic Soulmanure and it shined alongside the classics he had been performing. The respect Beck showed to the crowd throughout the evening paid off when he received an unscheduled encore. The enthusiastic crowd loved him. Perusing MTV Yack, "Beck sucks" pops up quite frequently. While these kids may only know one of his songs, they should seriously seek out his numerous releases. His diversity is amazing. How many new artists could share the stage with both Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys? Beck has many tricks up his sleeve and will be around for a long time to come. Save the "one-hit-wonder" tag for someone less talented. -- RokyManson