If you like dance music, make it a priority to get to Webster Hall tonight for the NYC debut of Peter Hook & The Light. If you’re wondering why the urgency, the equation is pretty simple: Peter Hook (or “Hooky,” as he’s more commonly known) was an essential ingredient in both Joy Division and its offshoot New Order; New Order was essential to the evolution of electronic and dance music. With classic tracks like “Blue Monday” and “Bizarre Love Triangle” that still burn up dancefloors nightly in 2013, New Order will forever be considered legends.
Sadly, the band’s well-documented rift in the mid-’00s meant that Hooky, the band’s bassist, left to pursue his own projects. While the other remaining members have carried on under the New Order name, Hooky set out to pay tribute to his earlier work with Joy Division by touring with a new band (The Light) and performing the full Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums, including songs that had not been heard live in decades — to widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike.
Several years later, Hooky and The Light are back, this time playing the first two New Order albums in sequential order — Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies — as well as a handful of other rarities and B-sides. With some songs marking more than 25 years since they’ve been played to live audiences, this is a show not to be missed!
Watch a recent live performance of “Blue Monday” by Peter Hook & The Light below.
As a pre-show bonus, you can listen/download to the band’s version of “Everything’s Gone Green” here:
The show is EARLY (meaning you can still hit up some other parties afterward), with the band set to hit the stage at 8:20 p.m. (get there for the opener at 7:30 though — we hear there is a special Joy Division-related surprise fans won’t want to miss…). Get tickets for the show here or take your chances at the door. For more info on tonight’s gig, check out the Facebook invite.