Both Beck and Jack White have been touring this summer in support of their excellent albums Morning Phase and Lazaretto, respectively, and Saturday night in Providence, Rhode Island, Beck brought out White during his encore, much to the delight of everyone, the band included.
According to a setlist posted by The Future Heart, the encore opened with White dueting on the Mellow Gold deep cut “Pay No Mind,” which features one of Beck's greatest lyrics (“the sales climb high through the garbage pail sky/ like a giant dildo crushing the sun”). Beck finished off the concert with two of his biggest hits, “Loser” and “Where It’s At,” the latter of which featured strains of “One Foot in the Grave” and Chic’s “Good Times.” Sean Lennon, whose band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger has been opening for Beck, also joined them onstage to play tambourine during the final song.
The team up was apparently the result of serendipitous scheduling, as White was in Rhode Island to play the Newport Folk Festival on the same night Beck held his show at the Providence Performing Arts Center. According to the Providence Journal, Beck told the crowd that earlier in the day, he swung by the long-running festival -- which he headlined last year -- saying that “there’s so much history there.”
Beck and Jack White have worked together in the past. In 2007, Beck co-produced three songs on The White Stripes’ “Conquest” 7” inch single, and White’s label Third Man Records released Beck’s country-flavored single “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” in 2012. Jack White also appears on the album version of Beck’s Song Reader project, which hits stores tomorrow.
Check out a video that stitches together several fan videos made at the Providence show above, courtesy of The Future Heart. Beck’s next show is slated for Aug. 14 at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City while White’s tour continues with shows in his hometown of Detroit on July 28 and 30.