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Photo by Mark L Hill

Photo by Mark L Hill

A massive cross country North American tour has been announced for Peter Hook & The Light’s “Joy Division: A Celebration” concerts which sees the group take to the road across the United States and Canada in August and September 2022 for their biggest and most extensive tour to date. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, October 22. For details and ticket links go to www.peterhookandthelight.live

At some twenty-six dates overall, the tour takes place across five weeks as the band return to some venues and debut at others to perform Joy Division’s seminal two albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full with additional Joy Division rarities and an opening set of New Order material.   

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The tour follows the debut UK dates for “Joy Division: A Celebration” which commemorate the 40th anniversary of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence.

Aside from some one-off incidental dates such as The Roxy in Los Angeles, the “Joy Division : A Celebration” run of dates is the first time the band have toured both iconic albums in the same show in North America and the concerts are bound to be hugely special for the many devoted fans of the band. 

With double concerts at the same venue announced for the opening nights in Toronto and then in Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles the tour also takes in Montreal, Royal Oak, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Boston, Silver Spring, Philadelphia, New York, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.

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 in the almost twelve years since Hooky began his odyssey through both his bands’ back catalogues. 

That journey has seen them now perform his bands’ albums all round the world including numerous tours of North and South America, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the Far East.

The influence of Joy Division and their music remains 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” among its many highlights. 

In addition to the albums, the concerts span the entirety of Joy Division’s rich but short career including early Warsaw material, tracks from the compilation LP Still to the final songs “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place” written by Joy Division which were to form New Order’s first single.

15 - Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

16 - The Eastern, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

18 - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

19 - Metro, Chicago, IL, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

20 - Metro, Chicago, IL, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

22 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

23 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

25 - The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

26 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

27 - Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

29 - The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

30 - Mohawk, Austin, TX, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

31 - Mohawk, Austin, TX, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

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2 - House Of Blues, Houston, TX, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

3 - House Of Blues, Dallas, TX, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

5 - The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

6 - Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, San Diego, CA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

8 - Theatre At The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

9 - Theatre At The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

10 - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

12 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.

13 - Showbox, Seattle, WA, USA.

Performing the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, w/ opening New Order set.

Tickets: On sale Friday 22nd October.