Beck is really starting to ramp up promotion for his soon to be released 13th studio album, Colors. On Tuesday the alt-rock hero appeared on the British late night show "Later... with Jools Holland," to perform a pair of songs both new and old. As seen in the videos below, Beck took to the stage to give one of his new singles, “Up All Night,” its television debut, in addition to busting out an old classic with “Devil’s Haircut,” off his 1996 Odelay LP.
While sporting a leather jacket to go with his signature black hat, Beck ditches the guitar for the mic for Tuesday’s performance as he marched back and forth across the television stage like the energetic showman he is. “Up All Night” offers a much livelier contrast to the calmer themes of Morning Phase, which should still be considered the ultimate wake-up album for any music fan. The veteran rocker is making it clear, however, that this album cycle will mark a return to his radio-friendly, rock-pop sound that launched him to superstardom back in the 1990s.
His additional performance of “Devil’s Haircut” on Tuesday proved that even his deeper cuts still have plenty of life to them. The ripping bass lines and scorching guitars of the psychedelic rock tune allow the 47-year-old to remain ageless anytime he’s on stage, and especially in front of a television camera. Beck super fans will remember that he first performed the same fun rock tune on Jools Holland 20 years ago, as seen in the video above.
Beck gave “Up All Night” its live debut the night prior to Tuesday’s telecast, during a surprise concert at London’s Omeara. Colors is set to be released this Friday, Oct. 13, with an announcement of more tour dates hopefully following. Coming off an album cycle that earned him three Grammys, including Album of the Year, Beck certainly has his work cut out for him again this time around. Judging by the energetic performances on "Jools Holland," however, fans should be in for another fun ride with Mr. Hansen over the next few years.