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.
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.
Peter Hook & The Light Live At O2 Apollo Manchester – Set List
Cries & Whispers
What Do You Want From Me?
The Perfect Kiss
Day Of The Lords
New Dawn Fades
She’s Lost Control
I Remember Nothing
A Means To An End
Heart & Soul
Twenty Four Hours
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Peter Hook & The Light Upcoming Live Dates 2022
Tuesday, August 16 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta
Thursday, August 18 - First Avenue - Minneapolis
Friday, August 19 - Metro - Chicago (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, August 20 - Metro - Chicago (SOLD OUT)
Monday, August 22 - The Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee
Tuesday, August 23 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston
Thursday, August 25 - The Filimore - Silver Spring
Friday, August 26 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia
Saturday, August 27 - Terminal 5 - New York
Monday, August 29 - The Van Buren - Phoenix
Tuesday, August 30 - Mohawk - Austin
Wednesday, August 31 - Mohawk - Austin
Friday, September 2 - House Of Blues - Austin
Saturday, September 3 - House Of Blues - Dallas
Monday, September 5 - The Ogden Theatre - Denver
Tuesday, September 6 - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay - San Diego
Thursday, September 8 - Theatre At Ace Hotel - Los Angeles
Friday, September 9 - Theatre At Ace Hotel - Los Angeles
Saturday, September 10 - The Warfield - San Francisco
Monday, September 12 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland
Tuesday, September 13 - The Showbox - Seattle
Wednesday, September 14 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver
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