PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT
Peter Hook & the Light – Joy Division: A Celebration
Peter Hook & the Light return to Australia & New Zealand in 2022 to perform Joy Division’s landmark albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, in full and sequential order. Plus as a special bonus they will perform an opening set of New Order material
Joy Division co-founder and bassist was part of the band for the entirety of their four year career before going on to co-found New Order with his surviving Joy Division band mates. This tour commemorates the legacy and influence of Joy Division and celebrates a decade of consistent touring from Peter Hook & The Light.
Released in 1979, Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division’s debut album. With it’s now iconic, sleek, minimalist cover art and energetic yet melancholic songs, Unknown Pleasures looked and sounded unlike anything else. Songs such as Disorder, Shadowplay, New Dawn Fades and She’s Lost Control have a power that would not be denied and will not fade. Unknown Pleasures incredibly reached #1 in New Zealand and the last four decades has earned consistent praise as one of the most pivotal and influential post punk records ever. Publications such as NME, Mojo, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin have all recognised Unknown Pleasures as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Closer was released in 1980, two months after the suicide of Joy Division’s frontman and lyricist, Ian Curtis. Surrounded by tragic circumstance and with songs full of panic, passion and emotional anguish, Pitchfork described it as “Joy Division's start-to-finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve.” Tracks such as Isolation, Atrocity Exhibition and Heart and Soul saw Closer reach #23 in Australia and #3 in New Zealand. Like its predecessor, Closer has only grown in appeal and esteem and it is consistently named as one of the best albums of all time.
Peter Hook formed The Light to keep the music of Joy Division alive and has spent the last decade performing the works of both Joy Division and New Order to sold out audiences around the world. These shows are the only way to experience Joy Division’s iconic discography performed with the sincerity and authenticity of one of its founding members.
“I never had any idea that I would play anywhere apart from Manchester that one night (May 18, 2010), I have been asked to play all around the world and everywhere we have gone we have gotten a great reception… after denying Joy Division, to actually get the music back” – Peter Hook
“yes, it is impossible to see a Joy Division concert, but thanks to Peter Hook & the Light, this is the damned closest we can get” - spectrumculture.org
“Hook once again proves that he’s able to bring the spirit of his fallen brother back to life, if only fleetingly, and night after night honour him with a fitting tribute” - pinnaclemusic.org
“Peter Hook & The Light never fail to deliver the goods” - glamadelaide.com.au