Al Schnier at Bonnaroo in 2009. Photo by Dean Budnick.

moe. kicked off the first West Coast leg of its 20th anniversary tour last night at San Francisco’s Fillmore. Near the end of the band’s first set RatDog guitarist Mark Karan emerged for a cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and moe.‘s “Moth.” In addition, in a recent site interview moe. guitarist Al Schnier confirmed that the band will re-record some classic moe. songs for a new 20th anniversary compilation.

“We spent some time in the studio over the fall, and recently, in this break over the winter, re-recording some of the moe. classic songs for a new ‘hits’ album that will be coming out in the springtime,” Schnier says. “Originally, we were just going to use the original recordings, but then when we started putting them all together, the stuff from Fatboy and Headseed sounded so different from the stuff from Wormwood and The Conch . In the end, the versions had evolved so much, too. Why not just do updated versions of this stuff? Let’s just bang them out in the studio, and get really good, tight studio versions of these songs. So, we’ve done that with a lot of songs. Now, people will have an updated studio version of a lot of the classics.”

Please click here to read the full interview. moe. will perform at Los Angeles, CA’s Club Nokia at L.A. Live tonight.