Review: Peter Hook & the Light play the entire works of Joy Division, Christ Church, Macclesfield, 18th May 2015

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When Peter Hook announced that he, and his band the Light, were to perform a special one off show for the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s death there was huge excitement.  The tickets for the show sold out in under 10 minutes, and I was lucky enough to get a pair, and the chance to see Peter Hook playing the entire Joy Division back catalogue – all 47 tracks that they recorded and released – is a proposition to make any Joy Division fan salivate.

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“Peter Hook Discusses Playing Entire Joy Division Catalog on Anniversary of Ian Curtis’s Death”


Peter Hook and the Light, playing every track Joy Division ever recorded, at an intimate (450 capacity) venue – a dream come true… and I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get a pair of tickets via the website – they sold out in minutes.

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Peter Hook’s Vogue playlist

PeterhookAs a founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, and with his signature high bass lines, Peter Hook has done more to shape the sound of post-punk and dance music than pretty much anyone else. He now tours the world with Peter Hook & the Light, his new band (which includes his son, Jack, on bass), revisiting his classics and selling out arenas. On the occasion of a big show tonight at Irving Plaza in New York City, asked Peter Hook to make a playlist of songs that matter as much to him as his songs have always mattered to us. Here’s what he picked.

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Peter Hook’s favourite Joy Division and New Order bass-lines

hookyPeter Hook’s Top 10 Joy Division and New Order Bass Lines

Written by: Paul Gleason

In a Caught in the Carousel exclusive, legendary bassist and songwriter, Peter Hook, reveals to Paul Gleason the Top 10 bass lines that he wrote for Joy Division and New Order.

1. “Leave Me Alone,” New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983

I love the mood of this song and how Barney’s [Bernard Sumner’s] guitar works around the bass line.

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Peter Hook & the Light, live at Leeds’ Cockpit review, 25th October 2013

Peter Hook And The Light logoPeter Hook & the Light live review from the recent Gig at Leeds’ Cockpit.

Runner-up in the grumpiest man in Manchester stakes, Peter Hook still had music fans grinning from ear to ear when he crossed the Pennines to play the Cockpit in Leeds for a sweat-soaked bass-heavy romp through the first part of his considerable career.

“Hooky” was his own support act, running through a selection of Joy Division songs with his band the Light, and catching out anyone who didn’t arrive at 7.30pm prompt, before returning after a short break to play New Order’s first two albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety. Movement, recorded just after the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, is darker in tone and the new band formed from the remains of the old still had to refine the mix of electronics and post-punk rock that made them famous.

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“Slaves of Venus” (Hooky playing Joy Division) supporting “The Light” (Hooky playing New Order)

Peter Hook And The Light logoExcellent news! I am off to see Peter Hook touring New Order’s first two LPs in Leeds in a couple of weeks.

I was really annoyed that I didn’t make it to any of the shows where Hooky was playing Joy Division material but, lo and behold, it is just announced that the whole night will be an orgy of Joy Division and New Order love… read on…

After 5 weeks of touring North & South America, we are finally back in Manchester..!! And we’re already looking ahead to our next tour which kicks off in 2 weeks time all across the UK & Ireland… For everyone that’s asking… Yes, we’ll be supporting ourselves again on this tour (under the disguise of the ‘Slaves of Venus’…), playing a specially selected set of Joy Division songs before then playing our full New Order ‘Movement’ // ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ show… Arrive early on the night to make sure you catch it… Don’t miss out on almost 3 hours of Joy Division & New Order brought to you by the one & only Hooky – get your tickets now while you still can…

via Facebook.

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