Beck joined the ranks of those paying homage to the late Steely Dan co-founder on Sunday (September 3).
Opening for U2 in Detroit, Beck and his band inserted a few bars of Steely Dan’s “Josie” into “Where It’s At,” telling the Ford Field crowd that (around the 2:09 mark in the video below), “We lost somebody today” and calling Becker “a rock ‘n’ roll hero.” Becker died Sunday at the age of 67. No cause has been revealed.
Beck’s 45-minute set also included his latest single, “Think I’m in Love,” from his upcoming album The Information, along with favorites such as “Devils Haircut,” “Loser,” “Black Tambourine,” “E-Pro” and “Go It Alone,” the latter of which he dedicated to Detroit native Jack White, who co-wrote the song with Beck.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.