Moby covers Joy Division at intimate LA show

Pop star also admits he's 'an unrepentant raver'

Moby covered Joy Division at an intimate show sponsored by Los Angeles public radio station KCRW last night (July 31).

During his nearly two-hour set, the pop star repeatedly brought the seated crowd at the Malibu Performing Arts Center to its feet, playing tracks from all eras of his career, including his first single ‘Go’, which he dedicated to film director David Lynch, “without whom my career would not be possible,” he said.

Moby, who handled bass, drum and vocal duties, depending on the track, was accompanied by a four-piece backing band on drums, guitar, keyboards and vocals.

They played drastically rearranged and slowed-down versions of hits including ‘Porcelain’ and ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’. Still the rave-oriented numbers consistently brought the crowd to its feet and got people dancing in the aisles.

During a mid-set interview with KCRW celebrity DJ Nic Harcourt, Moby touched on subjects ranging from his favourite records (“The first time I got to second-base with a girl I was listening to Aerosmith‘s ‘Dream On’“) to his amazement at becoming a successful musician (“I never thought I’d make music–I thought I’d teach community college and if I was lucky find a girlfriend who liked my music.”)

He also spoke of his life-long obsession with Joy Division, and said that his career highlight was covering Joy Division songs with original members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner at the Area One festival in 2001.

Moby later performed a cover of Joy Division‘s ominous ‘New Dawn Fades’. Not one to end things on a gloomy note, he declared, “I’m an unrepentant raver,” before launching into ‘Next Is The E’ on which he played bongos, and the crowd erupted.

Moby played:

‘Lift Me Up’



‘Disco Lies’

‘The Stars’

‘Great Escape’


‘Extreme Ways’

‘I Like It’

‘We Are All Made Of Stars’

‘Run On’

‘When It’s Cold’

‘Natural Blues’

‘New Dawn Fades’

‘Next Is The E’



–By our Los Angeles staff.

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