Music For The Masses

Can rock, rap, pop and dance music all get along on one tour? And will people come to see it? Moby, the man behind the Area: One tour, aims to find out

Moby is a 5-ft. 8-in., ghostly white, completely bald, born-again Christian, vegan rock star. Born Richard Melville Hall, he is the great-great-great-grandnephew of Herman Melville (thus the name). He shuns drugs and alcohol and devours soy milk. His singing voice is just decent, and his biggest success to date has been an album anchored by samples from Alan Lomax field recordings. It's safe to say that it required a certain amount of gumption for Moby to will himself into the rock-star pantheon. Even Joe Cocker had it easier.

Not content with his own unlikely act of self-creation, Moby has applied himself...

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