Moby At The Fonda Theatre
By Nicole Pajer
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Moby took the stage on Oct. 3 for the second of his three-night residency at Hollywood's Fonda Theatre. The two-and-a-half-hour performance focused on the accomplished singer/songwriter and electronica superstar's latest material, as well as his extensive catalog of hits.
At 8:30 p.m. Moby kicked off his first set, running through the tracks from his new release, Innocents. Accompanying him onstage were an arsenal of top-notch musicians — a cellist, violinist, bassist, and drummer — a choir of background singers and a rotating array of guest performers featured on his album, including GRAMMY-nominated artists Skylar Grey and Mark Lanegan, Al Spx (of Cold Specks), and singer/songwriter Damian Jurado. After bringing Grey onstage for a performance of "The Last Day," Moby announced a surprise special guest.
"I would like to invite the mayor of Los Angeles and the future president of the United States, Mayor [Eric] Garcetti up," said Moby, a six-time GRAMMY nominee. "In addition to being a great mayor, he is a phenomenal keyboard player."
Dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt, Garcetti took his place behind the keyboard as Moby, who was rocking out on guitar, cheered him on.
Following a brief intermission, Moby launched into his second set with "Flower" and continued with favorites such as "Go," an acoustic rendition of "Slipping Away" and the GRAMMY-nominated "Bodyrock." At one point, Moby announced that this tour would only feature his three Los Angeles shows and joked that the crowd made up "33.3 percent of the audience" for his whole tour. The singer was playful between performances and at one point delayed the start of a song to show off one of his new guitar pedals. He spoke candidly to his fans, often asking if everything sounded alright.
Moby told the crowd that he had conducted a poll on "contemporary social media" asking fans which song they most wanted him to play and the majority vote was "Porcelain," so he dedicated the performance to "every single person in the audience tonight." He also thanked fans that traveled as far as 26 hours on a plane to catch his show, dedicating "Lift Me Up" to them and explaining that the song is popular across the globe, but relatively unknown in the United States. During "South Side," Grey joined Moby onstage to sing the part originally performed by Gwen Stefani. The set ended with "We Are All Made Of Stars," which Moby dedicated to his "favorite government institution of all time: NASA," followed by "Honey."
Screaming fans were treated to two encores featuring "Extreme Ways," "Disco Lies" and "The Poison Tree." As I left the venue and made my way toward my car, I spotted several high-profile Moby fans, including No Doubt's Tony Kanal, who high-tailed it out of the venue, resisting the urge to buy a bacon-wrapped hot dog on his way to the parking lot.
"Everything That Rises"
"Don't Love Me"
"A Case For Shame" (featuring Al Spx)
"The Last Day" (featuring Skylar Grey)
"A Long Time"
"The Lonely Night" (featuring Mark Lanegan)
"Almost Home" (featuring Damian Jurado)
"Tell Me" (featuring Al Spx)
"The Dogs" (featuring Damian Jurado)
"The Perfect Life" (featuring Damian Jurado)
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
"In My Heart"
"Lift Me Up"
"Slipping Away" (acoustic)
"In This World" (acoustic)
"South Side" (featuring Skylar Grey)
"We Are All Made Of Stars"
"Feeling So Real"
"The Poison Tree" (acoustic)
"The Perfect Life" (acoustic reprise)
To catch Moby in a city near you, click here for tour dates.
(Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She has written for a variety of publications, including Billboard, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Hemispheres, The Red Bulletin, Emmy.com, the Honda Civic tour, Coachella CAMP, and more. Follow her on Twitter @NicolePajer.)