Concert preview: Beck bringing his best to New York

Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, may be the delicate, folk-tinged companion to 2002’s Sea Change, but fans expecting a night of easy listening from the alt rock chameleon will be caught off guard when he hits the stage in New York next week. Look for Beck’s two city gigs – at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 30 and Central Park SummerStage on July 1 – to run the gamut of his vibrant and diverse catalog, an approach that is sure to draw rapturous audience response.

If the set list from Beck’s tour opener in Cleveland on June 19 is any indication, these shows will be heavy on hits – from “Loser” to “Devil’s Haircut” to “The Golden Age” to “Girl.” Fans of Morning Phase can expect heartfelt takes on “Blue Moon” and “Walking Light,” but rousing renditions of “E-Pro” and his massive 1996 hit “Where It’s At” are equally certain.

Beck also served up a medley of Donna Summer’s “Think I’m In Love/I Feel Love” during the tour’s launch. And this unexpected tribute will likely resurface. The song's appearance in the set seems fitting considering the show promises a lot of dancing – something that may surprise those who remember how Beck, now 43, once suffered from a devastating back injury.

If you’re planning on catching this show, it would benefit you to act quickly. Few General Admission tickets remain for the Hammerstein gig at press time. Meanwhile, the SummerStage gig is officially sold out – although tickets can still be had via