The night began with opening act Slaves of Venus which --SURPRISE!--was Hooky and the Light performing a short Joy Division set which included "Disorder," "New Dawn Fades," and "Heart & Soul." The band left the stage for a few moments, then returned for the main set: Movement and Power, Corruption and Lies. Hooky played both albums from start to finish, threw in a few New Order rarities ("Homage" and "Cries & Whispers"), and ended the show with a stellar three song encore: "Ceremony," "Temptation," and "Blue Monday."
The show was an unquestionable treat for fans. Though Hooky said very little to the crowd, it was obvious he was having a blast onstage. At times during the show (and especially the encore), he'd step onto an amp while jamming out on bass and fans (including myself) ate it all up. Every now and then he'd mess up the lyrics a bit but no one cared (he had a big lyric book on the stage and flipped the pages between songs, though he didn't really reference it during the songs). At the very end of the show, probably the most unexpected thing ever: Hooky pulled a Morrissey move and ripped off his shirt, then threw it out into the crowd.
Overall this is a must see tour for Joy Division and New Order fans, especially considering most of the material hasn't been played live for YEARS. Critics might say Hooky's vocals sound a bit different than the original recordings, but honestly, he does such a fantastic job musically, that the difference in vocals just doesn't matter. Hooky is outstanding bass player and it's truly magical to see him live in action. Watching him rock out is breathtaking and a massive reminder of what's missing in the current New Order lineup.
Don't miss this tour if it's coming to your city. Peter Hook is a legend.
Photo of Joy Division setlist (my friend snagged the actual setlist!)
Photo of New Order setlist
Full show setlist:
01. New Dawn Fades
02. Day Of The Lords
05. These Days
06. Heart & Soul
07. In A Lonely Place
03. Dreams Never End
06. Chosen Time
08. The Him
09. Doubts Even Here
01. Cries & Whispers
02. Age Of Consent
03. We All Stand
04. The Village
06. Your Silent Face
09. Leave Me Alone
10. The Beach
03. Blue Monday
FYI, Peter Hook released a live album recorded at one of the first Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies gig back in January at the Manchester Cathedral. Purchase the album here. Meanwhile a 1102/2011 12" featuring Rowetta will be released on limited edition vinyl on September 24th. Pre-order here.
North American tour itinerary
September 13th - NYC @ Webster Hall
September 14th - Philadelphia @ The Trocadero
September 15th - Chicago @ Riot Fest (Joy Division set)
September 15th - Chicago @ Double Door (New Order set)
September 17th - Austin @ The Belmont
September 18th - Montreal @ Club Soda
September 19th - Toronto @ The Hoxton
September 21st - Los Angeles @ Henry Fonda Theater
September 23rd - Vancouver @ Venue
September 25th - Seattle @ Decibel Festival
September 26th - Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
September 27th - San Francisco @ Mezzanine
September 28th - Denver @ Gothic Theater
September 30th - Mexico City @ Auditorio Lunario
Published on September 13th, 2013 @ 5:53 AM