Midnite Vultures was finally finished and six weeks from being released and Beck went out and played a couple of shows across southern California, leading up to his headlining of the first Coachella Festival.
This was the first of those warm-up shows, a gig in the food court of the student union at UC-Santa Barbara. The show did not go well.
Beck did one interview the day after this show, which wrote it up like this:
"Beck wakes up at 8 a.m., alone on the rock-star bus, wondering what the hell happened last night, and his band were in Santa Barbara to shake off the rust and warm up for the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which Beck will headline. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the experience at the University of Santa Barbara's Hub turned into a nightmare. The ceilings were painfully low in a head-banging sort of way, the power went out for an extended period, and worst of all, the Hub turned out to be a glorified food court. Beck and his posse found themselves soundchecking as students ate dinner. Later, during the show, they performed onstage calisthenics to amuse the crowd when the plug was momentarily pulled."