Moby Talks, Plays With Joy Division in L.A.

Over the weekend, Moby mixed it up with fans at L.A.’s Kopeikin Gallery during Culver City’s informal, though increasingly popular Art Walk. The exhibit featured exclusive photos similar to pics from Moby’s new book Destroyed (also the title of his latest album), which were taken at festivals around the world. But those on display were new works yet to be viewed by the public.

“At the risk of sounding self-serving, I’m really happy with the show,” said Moby, who just turned 46 on September 11. “The pictures have a similar theme, but selfishly, I’m much happier with the way these are printed and framed.” It’s a busy week in LA for the musician. On Wednesday and Friday, he will perform alongside former Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook at the Music Box in Hollywood, offering up his take on tracks from the seminal Joy Division work, Closer.

“I toured with New Order ten years ago,” Moby said. “On the last show of the tour, we did ‘New Dawn Fades’ together, and at the end of that, Peter Hook turned to me and said, ‘You know, we haven’t played this since Ian [Curtis] died.’” Moby, who in 1983 played in a Joy Division-inspired post-punk group called AWOL, still has trouble wrapping his trademark bald head around the idea of collaborating with one of his idols. “When I was 15, if you had come to me and said, ‘Someday you will sing a Joy Division song with Joy Division,’ I would have believed you more if you had said at some point we’ll all live on Jupiter.’

The Manhattan-based musician also weighed in on the most recent spat between Hook and New Order singer Bernard Sumner, both of whom he’s friendly with. “They are both lovely people, but I don’t know them well enough to play peacemaker. They’re Mancunians, and they’ve known each other since they were young,” he said.

Regardless, Moby will play with Hook Wednesday in Hollywood (doing a few songs from ‘Closer’), and Friday at the El Rey (doing songs from ‘Unknown Pleasures’). His exhibit at the Kopeikin officially opened September 10th, and runs through October 22nd. Hook plays tonight sans Moby, at the Gramercy Theater in New York.

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