I went to see Moby at the Apollo last night. I like the Apollo. It may be a little dirtier and out of the way than the MEN Arena but its also a lot more intimate as a venue. You get a good view from most places on the ground floor and the sound really fills the space which isn't always the case in the Arena.
The first time I saw Moby live was at Glastonbury. At the time I thought it was a fantastic gig although that was probably tempered by the fact I was at Glastonbury and everything seemed pretty fantastic at the time. Last night he still impressed, obviously caring about the towns he was playing in. He made a reference to "24 Hour Party" people, expressing his regret he never got a chance to see the Hacienda in its heyday before launching into one of the tracks used in the film. He then followed on covering a Joy Division track which the crowd really appreciated. Other covers of the night included Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side", the Doors and "Break on Through" as well as a funny bossa nova style cover of Radiohead's "Creep". One of the main thing that comes through on stage is he is a true music fan and quite happy to acknowledge his influences and pay homage to other artists. This also comes through on his blog.
All in all, a great night out.