Beck To Tour With Beth Orton, Hank Williams III

Rock iconoclast Beck is gearing up for his first major tour in support of his newest album, “Midnite Vultures,” and he’s selected Hank Williams III and Beth Orton to serve as openers for the North American leg.

The grandson of honky tonk legend Hank Williams and son of country singer Hank Williams Jr., Williams III will join Beck on the road beginning with the first date, January 25 in Austin, Texas, and continuing through February 4 in Cincinnati.

Williams III will then be supplanted on the outing by Beth Orton starting on February 9 in Montreal. Orton, who will be coming onto the Beck tour immediately after wrapping her appearance on the Big Day Out Festival in Australia and New Zealand, is scheduled to be on board until the final U.S. date, a February 19 show in Washington, D.C.

The last time Orton and Beck played together, it was Beck who opened for Orton, as he played a surprise warm-up set for the singer’s show last July at the El Rey Theater in Los
Angeles.

Beck also tapped Orton to come into the studio when he was working on “Midnite Vultures” and sing backing vocals on the song “Beautiful Way” (see “Beck Discusses Atmospheric Duet With Beth Orton” ).

Dates and openers for Beck’s North American tour:

  • 1/25 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 1/26 – Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 1/28 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 1/29 – St. Louis, MO @ American Theatre (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 1/31 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Theatre (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 2/1 – Columbus, OH @ Memorial Auditorium (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 2/3 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 2/4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre (w/ Hank Williams III)
  • 2/6 – Toronto, ON @ Maple Leaf Gardens (w/ TBA)
  • 2/9 – Montreal, QC @ Cepsum (w/ Beth Orton)
  • 2/11 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (w/
    Beth Orton)
  • 2/12 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (w/ Beth Orton)
  • 2/14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall (w/ Beth Orton)
  • 2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater (w/ Beth Orton)
  • 2/19 – Washington, DC @ Patriot Center (w/ Beth Orton)

– David Basham

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