'Watchmen's' Alan Moore books London shows

Will perform 'Unearthling,' a collaboration with Crook & Flail

LONDON -- Alan Moore, writer and creator of acclaimed comic books "Watchmen," "V for Vendetta" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman," will appear in London next month alongside musical collaborators.

Moore, a sometime musician and editor of the eclectic magazine Dodgem Logic, will perform "Unearthing," his collaboration with musicians Crook & Flail. The duo comprises Andrew Broder of Fog and Adam Drucker, who has recorded as Doseone and was previously in cLOUDDEAD.

The intimate shows are set to take place July 29 and July 30 under the railway arches of Waterloo station, co-produced by Parallel Arts and the Old Vic. Mike Patton of Faith No More also features on "Unearthing" but is not confirmed for the shows. He is scheduled to be touring with his Mondo Cane project in Europe at the time.

Moore will narrate the semi-autobiographical "Unearthing" story accompanied by the musicians. It is not clear if Moore will perform musically.

The deluxe box set of "Unearthing" is available to pre-order via Lex Records, priced $72. The package attests to Lex founder Tom Brown's plans to come up with ambitious releases beyond music alone to counter declining CD sales.

"It's grown out of our production values and the music we work on," he said last year.

The Lex site says a sequel to "Unearthing" is planned.

Moore was not involved in the "Watchmen" movie and demanded his name be removed from the credits.
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