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Beck, who will open for U2 in September at Arrowhead, shares new single and album news

Beck, who will open for U2 Sept. 12 in Kansas City, has released a new single plus details on his forthcoming album, “Colors.” The single, “Dear Life,” is a haute-pop song with a variety of influences and resemblances.
Beck, who will open for U2 Sept. 12 in Kansas City, has released a new single plus details on his forthcoming album, “Colors.” The single, “Dear Life,” is a haute-pop song with a variety of influences and resemblances. KATY WINN/INVISION/AP

Beck has released a new single plus details on his forthcoming album, “Colors.”

The single, “Dear Life,” is a haute-pop song with a variety of influences and resemblances, the Beatles, New Pornographers and XTC among them.

“Colors” is the follow-up to 2014’s “Morning Phase,” which won Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys. It will be released Oct. 13.

Beck will be in Kansas City on Sept. 12, when he opens for U2 at Arrowhead Stadium. It will be his first Kansas City appearance since May 2015, when he performed at Starlight Theatre. Willie Nelson was also on the bill.

Beck recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he’d started work on “Colors” in 2013.

“I suppose the record could have come out a year or two ago,” he said. “But these are complex songs all trying to do two or three things at once. It’s not retro and not modern. To get everything to sit together so it doesn’t sound like a huge mess was quite an undertaking.”

Of his rare opening slot with U2, Beck told Rolling Stone: “I’ve done a lot of opening slots where you’re just playing to empty seats. You can’t take it personally.”

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain

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