Just a few days following the announcement that Moby will be releasing his fourth album in two years, it was revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the popular DJ will now be performing a pair of shows at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, N.Y. and The Echo in Los Angeles this spring. The shows are scheduled for March 14 in Los Angeles and March 20-21 in New York, which will apparently be his only full performances as part of the promotional “tour” around the new album.
The veteran producer and songwriter rose to prominence back in the 1990s as part of the underground dance party circuit in New York following years spent as a member of punk and alt-rock bands. Moby has never been one to hide how much he dislikes the tiresome life on the road as a touring musician, so it makes sense that his entire tour surrounding the promotion of Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt will only include two cities. Although he does perform one-off DJ sets from time to time, a rigorous touring schedule with a full band just isn’t on Moby’s to-do list anytime soon. As of Thursday morning, Moby’s last public appearance in New York was at the Barns & Noble off Union Square for a book signing on May 17.
“When all of us first got involved in the world of dance music it wasn’t just small and underground, it was maligned. In the mid-‘80s or late-‘80s, dance music was this ignored, bastard stepchild,” Moby told AXS over the summer. “In 1990 these rave promoters came over from the UK and did an event in New York and 30 people were there. It was exciting, in an 'I can’t believe there are 30 other people who are interested in electronic music' kind of way.”
For his upcoming fifteenth studio album, which is scheduled for a March 2 release, Moby told Billboard that he’ll be focusing less on the political elements of the troubles that plague American society today, and will rather focus on the personal, more humane side of what indeed makes everyone’s heart feel so bad.
Tickets for the two Brooklyn shows will be going on sale starting this Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. local time, and can be purchased by clicking here.