Pioneering rave and rock artist Moby kicks off a North American tour July 23 at this year's Woodstock music festival in Rome, N.Y.
The outing supports Play, the genre-hopping 33-year-old's newest offering. The album marks a stylistic return for Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) to the electronic dance sound that made him famous.
The upcoming shows will mostly feature his new hip-hop and vintage blues-inflected songs typified by "Honey" (RealAudio excerpt), the first single off Play, according to his publicist, Janet McQueeney.
When asked about the infusion of urban sounds into his repertoire, the techno icon said it surprises him when people talk about electronic music and exclude hip-hop and R&B. "There's nothing organic about [them]," he said, "and I mean that in a positive way. Hip-hop and R&B are just as electronic as Aphex Twin."
A five-piece "full rock band" featuring two drummers will accompany him on the tour to perform songs from his guitar-heavy 1996 rock album Animal Rights.
The tour will cross North America before returning to New York for a Sept. 15 show at the Roseland Ballroom.
Besides Woodstock '99, where fellow rave luminaries the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim are also on the bill, Moby will play a number of other festival shows. Among them are WBCN-FM's River Rave in Boston, as well as two back-to-back dates: Portland, Ore., station KNRK-FM's Big Stink on Aug. 7 and Seattle station KNDD-FM's End Fest the next day.
Moby Tour Dates:
July 23; Rome, N.Y.; Woodstock '99
July 25; New Haven, Conn.; Toad's Place
July 26; Lancaster, Pa.; Chameleon
July 28; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theater of Living Arts
July 29; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom
July 30; Boston, Mass.; Avalon
July 31; Plainview, N.Y.; Vanderbilt
Aug. 2; Albany, N.Y.; Northern Lights
Aug. 5; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard's on Richards
Aug. 7; Portland, Ore.; Big Stink
Aug. 8; Seattle, Wash.; End Fest
Aug. 10; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall
Aug. 11; San Diego, Calif.; 'Canes Bar and Grill
Aug. 12; Los Angeles, Calif.; Mayan Theatre
Aug.13; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel
Aug. 14; Mesa, Ariz.; Nile Theatre
Aug. 17; Salt Lake City, Utah; Bricks
Aug. 18; Denver, Colo.; TBA
Aug. 20; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa
Aug. 21; Dallas, Texas; Deep Ellum Live
Aug. 23; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
Aug. 24; Milwaukee, Wis.; Rave
Aug. 25; Chicago, Ill.; Metro/Smart Bar
Aug. 26; Boston, Mass.; River Rave
Aug. 28; Toronto, Ontario; Warehouse
Aug. 29; Buffalo, N.Y.; TBA
Aug. 31; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall
Sept. 2; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol
Sept. 3; Norfolk, Va.; Boathouse
Sept. 4; Atlanta, Ga.; Cotton Club
Sept. 8; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle
Sept. 11; Baltimore, Md.; Bohager's
Sept. 13; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
Sept. 14; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory
Sept. 15; New York, N.Y.; Roseland Ballroom