PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT “JOY DIVISION : A CELEBRATION”
JULY 29, 2022 O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER ENTIRE CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR LIMITED EDITION CD / VINYL / DOWNLOAD
FEATURING ‘UNKNOWN PLEASURES’ & ‘CLOSER’ IN FULL WITH ADDITIONAL JOY DIVISION TRACKS & OPENING SET OF NEW ORDER MATERIAL
LIMITED EDITION TRIPLE CD (2000 UNITS) WITH FULL CONCERT RELEASED FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022
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As part of their long relationship with live concert releases, Peter Hook & The Light and Live Here Now have announced that the recent sold out homecoming “Joy Division : A Celebration” show end July 2022 at O2 Apollo Manchester was recorded in full and is now set for release as a limited edition triple CD and vinyl as well as download, all of which showcase both Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full along with the additional Joy Division tracks and opening set of New Order material that also features a surprise Monaco track.
Part of what were supposed to be the band’s debut gigs for the show, The Apollo show was originally planned to commemorate four decades of Joy Division’s and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence in May 2020 as well as the tenth anniversary of Hooky beginning his odyssey through both his bands’ back catalogs but the concerts were unavoidably postponed due to the pandemic. Fully sold out for a matter of years, The Light’s Manchester return was specially awaited by fans and saw a 32 song set list performed by the group across nearly three hours.
A video of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” from the Apollo concert has been released on YouTube here - https://
Reactions to this very emotive show as Hooky returned to the venue where Joy Division supported Buzzcocks back in October 1979 were strong with the reviews equally admiring,
“The music is truly joyful, and Hooky belted it out with heartfelt passion. Stripping to the waist for the standing ovation, we had a living example of primal, human, animalistic purity. Peter Hook & The Light shone brighter than an exploding star and celebrated their lost friend with love. This was an experience” 5 Stars - The Reviews Hub
“It is probably the best performance and emotional reaction I’ve ever seen at a gig. A bass guitar is held in the air, a shirt is thrown into the crowd, the band hug each other and then they are gone. It is an end to an astounding, astounding gig. A gig I won’t be forgetting for a long, long time. Wow. Simply, Wow.” - All Music
“A superb performance that will live long in the memories of those lucky enough to be here.” - We Shoot Music
With the full set list for the releases included below, the triple CD limited edition version of the release features the entire gig across three CDs and is limited to 2000 copies. The CD will be shipped Friday August 26, 2022
The triple vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies includes the entire Joy Division set rounding up the encores and additional tracks and comes with a bonus CD of the New Order set to complete the package. This is available for pre-order now with anticipated shipping in April 2023.
A signed LP sized art print limited to 500 copies will accompany the download of the concert. The download will also be available Friday August 26, 2022 but the signed prints will ship early October 2022.
Order now here at www.liveherenow.com/peterhookandthelight
The release announcement comes as Peter Hook & The Light begin their most extensive North America tour to date with the “Joy Division : A Celebration” concerts taking in some 26 dates over 22 cities in August and September. Full list of upcoming gigs below and at www.peterhookandthelight.live
These Joy Division album shows have become much less common for The Light as they moved through their progression of touring the New Order albums in succession. Aside from some one-off gigs such as The Roxy in LA, The Roundhouse Camden and Manchester Academy, these concerts are the first major shows for this set in some years.
Joy Division’s allure and music remain strong in popular culture, holding a sincere reverence. The albums are played sequentially in track order, respecting the inspiration and impact of the stunning debut album Unknown Pleasures and the immaculately produced second Closer.
Unknown Pleasures features “Disorder,” “Insight,” “New Dawn Fades,” and “She’s Lost Control” while Closer, considered “a start to finish masterpiece” by Pitchfork Media, counts “Atrocity Exhibition,” “Heart And Soul,” and “Twenty Four Hours” amongst its many highlights.
On ‘Unknown Pleasures’ – The Album (NME)
“The band’s debut Unknown Pleasures is simply one of the best records ever made and is still powerful enough to floor you 30 years on. With an almost dub-like, spacey atmosphere sculpted by studio genius Martin Hannett, the band’s sound was almost the polar opposite of the punk music which had brought them together after a Sex Pistols show in 1976.” 10/10
On “Closer” – The Album (Pitchfork Media)
“Closer is even more austere, more claustrophobic, more inventive, more beautiful, and more haunting than its predecessor. It's also Joy Division's start-to-finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve" 10 / 10.
Peter Hook & The Light Live At O2 Apollo Manchester – Set List
Peter Hook & The Light Upcoming Live Dates 2022
Tuesday, August 16 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta
Friday, September 2 - House Of Blues - Austin
On Peter Hook And The Light Live
“I urge you to try and catch this Peter Hook & The Light tour as it goes around the UK, USA, Australia & New Zealand and you will see just how important Joy Division are…” Total Rock
““Love Will Tear Us Apart is a masterpiece that has stood the test of decades, and is the perfect ending to a superb event…” Yorkshire Post
'A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measure.... The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.” – Gigwise
“A 29 song setlist is an impressive undertaking and it was incredible to see one of the great guitarists of the last 50 years. Hooky is certainly doing a fantastic job of continuing Ian Curtis’ legacy and keeping Joy Division’s music relevant to the modern day.” The Mic Magazine
“Peter Hook and The Light never disappoint; you can see they’re giving it their all and enjoying it at the same time. Just a brilliant live band.” Music Fiends
“It was certainly one of those special shows were the venue, artist, and fans all clicked perfectly to make for a very memorable experience and a blazing hot and awesome show by a legendary artist and performer, who in my opinion is the heart and soul of New Order keeping the most authentic live performance of their music alive for old and new fans.” - Rock Subculture
“By focusing solely on the music and allowing the songs inherent structure to do the heavy lifting instead of blowing them up into pseudo-stadium cuts, their inherent virtues were that much more apparent. Frankly, these songs rock......This is Peter Hook and his band taking a chance, dusting off wrongly ignored tunes, and kicking ass.” - Punk News
Source Falcon Publicity
August 17, 2022 12:21pm ET by Falcon Publicity