Go ahead, call it "Mobypalooza" everyone else is. But Moby's calling his summer outing, which starts July 11, the Area 1 tour.
The tireless touring titan of techno will be joined on the festival-style bill by sensitive rockers Incubus and renowned English DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold, with more acts to be named at an April 23 press conference, a tour spokesperson said Friday (March 30).
The tour is slated to hit amphitheaters and other outdoor venues in 16 cities, ending with a Los Angeles show on Aug. 5. Dates and venues have not yet been announced.
Moby, who lost to "Who Let the Dogs Out?" singers the Baha Men for Best Dance Recording at last month's Grammy Awards, has been on a nearly nonstop two-year tour in support of his smash 1999 album, Play, which has sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. He inducted another Grammy winner, jazz-pop duo Steely Dan, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19.
He recently began work in his New York home studio on the follow-up to Play. He wrote on his official Web site that he has been influenced lately by early 1970s soul ballads. "Strings and organs and really quiet drums, how nice," he wrote.
Two years after its release, Play is tentatively slated to be reissued with the addition of Moby's duet with No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani on the song "South Side." A release date has not been announced.
Play, easily Moby's most commercially successful album, was his furthest departure from traditional dance music in his 10-year career. The album, featuring mostly ambient tracks sampling vintage Alan Lomax field recordings, includes the singles "Bodyrock," "Honey," "Porcelain" and "Natural Blues."