Beck Storms the Charts

'Guero' surprises its maker with a 162,000-copy first-week haul

May 5, 2005
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Beck arrives at the 13th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27th, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
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We'll be playing parks, plazas, theaters, nightclubs, convention halls, fairgrounds, arboretums and science centers," says Beck. He's kidding, in part, but the singer is in the planning stages of a full-fledged U.S. tour, beginning in July. Beck's rad new album, Guero, moved 162,000 copies in its first week, his highest debut ever ("I don't quite believe it," he says), and on the road he plans to draw from each of his records. "I'll be playing turntables, guitar and a thumb piano," he says. "For the first time, I'll be taking all the instruments from the studio and dumping them onstage." And definitely arrive early for the opening act. "I think we'll have a robot playing video-game themes on a grand piano. It's unprecedented – actually, I might have seen something like it at Epcot Center, but we're bringing it to the streets."

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