Beck Reinstates Concert Series, Joey Waronker Back On Drums

Beck is back on track for a scaled down version of the scheduled Silicon Planet concert series.

A spokesperson for the promoters told MTV News on Friday that two of the four shows (the events in Seattle October 10 and Los Angeles October 17) will go ahead with both Beck and Devo, although they will be staged in smaller venues than originally planned, with the tickets marketed privately. The singer had pulled out of the shows when he discovered that what he thought was a private event was being put on sale to the public.

Insiders close to Beck later added that it's likely the third show, which had been scheduled for San Jose October 3, will happen as well, although the fourth, planned for Austin October 24, has definitely been cancelled.

And apparently Joey "Stagecoach" Waronker will be manning the drums. Sources at Geffen Records confirmed to MTV News that Waronker has rejoined Beck's band. Word is that Waronker had expected to play with R.E.M. at the pending Bridge School

Benefit concert on October 17, but he'll be playing the Silicon Planet date instead. The drummer had been recording some tracks with R.E.M. and planned to tour with them in the fall. However, R.E.M. pulled the plug on their plans to hit the road. Beck, meanwhile, had reportedly auditioned several drummers but he had been unable to find a worthy replacement. Waronker has been welcomed back with open arms.

Beck may also have a new guitarist, replacing the straying Smokey Hormel, who has been off playing with Sean Lennon. The rumored newbie is Tony Hoffer, but his participation could not be confirmed at press time.

In other Beck news, the "Los Angeles Times" reports that the singer is on board to provide a remix for a track in the "Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats," anthology package which pays tribute to the New York hip-hop label of the same name. Beck will be remixing Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance" for the collection, which is due to drop October 27.

Also, Beck

will be attending the opening of his performance art event, "Playing With Matches" in New York on Wednesday (September 15). As previously reported by MTV News (see "Beck Enters Studio For "Odelay" Follow-Up...") the show will host material in the "Fluxus" vein (Beck's late grandfather, Al Hansen was, along with Ono, one of the movement's pioneers) by Beck, Marianne Faithfull, Beck's brother Channing Hansen, and a group featuring Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, along with Jim Dunbar and Don Fleming. DJ King Britt has also been added to the bill.