PURE JOY FOR MOBY

Assorted Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers stars also assist on a version of 'New Dawn Fades'...

MOBY invited members of NEW ORDER, SMASHING PUMPKINS and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to perform a live version of the classic JOY DIVISION song ‘NEW DAWN FADES’, NME.COM can reveal.

New Order have been performing across the US as part of Moby‘s Area:One touring festival.

The show on Sunday evening (August 5) at the Los Angeles Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion was the last date of the tour, which has also featured live performance from OutKast and The Orb.

Eyewitnesses claim that as a finale to Moby‘s set, he performed the Joy Division song ‘New Dawn Fades’ from the band’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album. However, instead of doing the song alone, he invited New Order‘s Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook to play guitar and bass and Gillian Gilbert to provide keyboards. New Order drummer Stephen Morris added accompaniment on bongos.

Also, ex-Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ John Frusciante joined the group on stage to play additional guitar.

Writing about the collaboration on his official website www.moby-online.com , Moby said: “I can’t emphasise enough just how important Joy Division were to me when I was growing up. My brain almost can’t process the fact that I sang a Joy Division song with the people who originally wrote and recorded it. I feel like the most fortunate musician in the world.

“And to have Billy Corgan and John Frusciante involved as well was really, really special. I have profound respect and appreciation for both of them.

“Doing our brief backstage rehearsal of ‘New Dawn Fades’ was really cool, cos everyone involved was speaking the same language, musically. My manager documented it, so I’m hoping that at some point we can show the tape of the quick rehearsal that we did. Amazing musicians and really wonderful people, all of them. I’m still kind of speechless.”

Moby is thought to be considering a similar tour for next summer.