Beck Chooses Album Title, Loses Drummer

Beck has a title for his album, but he's losing a bandmate. "Midnight Vultures" is on course to hit the stores November 16, but when he tours to support the record, it's going to be sans longtime drummer Joey Waronker.

According to Beck's official Web site, the first single from "Midnight Vultures" will be "Sexxlaws," which will be released with a new non-album track called "This Is My Kru" on the b-side. Some of the other songs on the album include "Milk and Honey," "Hlwd. Freaks," "Mixed Bizness," and "Debra," which could be the song known to fans as "I Wanna Get with You (And Your Sister Debra)," a staple on past Beck tours.

The players on the project, which was produced by Mickey P, include guitarist Tony Hoffer, bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, keyboardist Roger Manning, and the aforementioned Waronker with pedal steel player Greg Leisz sitting in on at least one tune, according to the Web site. The site (www.beck.com)

features video footage of recording sessions, including Leisz's steel work.

As we previously reported, recorded collaborations with guests such as Kool Keith and Beth Orton may appear on the album (see "Beck Lawsuits Still On Table; Cuts Tracks With Beth Orton, Kool Keith").

Meanwhile, Waronker's manager confirmed to MTV News that although his client is on the pending album and will be performing with Beck at the Coachella festival October 9, he won't be with the singer when he embarks on an extended road trip late this year or early next. Waronker is opting instead to concentrate on record production and other endeavors and wait for his other project, R.E.M., to regroup for another album and tour.

The drummer has been juggling both bands for the past year, ever since linking up with R.E.M. in 1998 shortly after the departure of Bill Berry (see "R.E.M. Splits With Drummer Bill Berry").

He's been with Beck since 1994.