Review: ‘Moby’

Moby

With an inclination to perform just about every musical style he can think of, and a crack backing band that's up to the task of pursuing him on his unpredictable forays, Moby in concert these days can be fairly compared to the live efforts of fellow Renaissance man Beck.

With an inclination to perform just about every musical style he can think of, and a crack backing band that’s up to the task of pursuing him on his unpredictable forays, Moby in concert these days can be fairly compared to the live efforts of fellow Renaissance man Beck.

But it’s Moby, with his clear love for the music and genuine likability, who gives the more engaging and entertaining concert, and the multitalented New Yorker — born Richard Melville Hall — treated the sold-out Greek to a smorgasbord of sounds and sights.

The music, both live and sampled, ricocheted from disco to country rock, from techno to speed metal, from ambient ballad to punk.

Moby (who was dressed in a white shirt with his name emblazoned on the front) never stood still very long, tirelessly bounding from keyboards to bongo drums to acoustic guitar to synth drum pads, often all within one tune.

“From a show business point of view, playing L.A. is pretty important,” he told the eclectic crowd. He then paid tribute to Neil Young, who headlined the Greek last week, by leading his band through a beautiful version of Young’s “Helpless.”

Other key moments of the 90-minute show (which came in just under the venue curfew) included club fave “Bodyrock,” which was capped by a blinding strobe-light show, 1991 dance hit “Go,” the complex and mesmerizing “Porcelain” and the gospel-meets-techno of “Honey” (from Moby’s much-acclaimed 1999 V2 album “Play”), not to mention the untitled 45-second speed metal number.

Moby

Greek Theater; Los Angeles, 6,162 seats; $31

Production

Presented by Nederlander, Yahoo! and KROQ. Reviewed Sept. 24, 2000.

Cast

Band: Greta Brinkman, Scott Frasetto, Diane Chalemagne, DJ Spinbad.
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