On Saturday night, Peter Hook, the former bassist of two iconic bands (Joy Division and New Order) came out to Los Angeles with his band The Light to perform tracks off both Joy Division’s and New Order’s versions of the album Substance in its entirety. The show was packed with thirty-one amazing songs that spanned about four decades worth of music.
The first set was New Order’s version. The set contained songs such as “Ceremony,” “Blue Monday,” “The Perfect Kiss” and “Temptation.” Joy Division’s set was next and we got to hear
“Warsaw” and “Digital” which is always amazing to see live. Without a hitch, Peter Hook and The Light closed out the night with “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear us Apart.” While both songs moved fans, a great moment for me was when he played “Dead Souls” which I’ve never heard live.
As a special guest, Moby came out toward the beginning of the show and did vocals for “Ceremony.” Peter Hook graciously introduced Moby out once again when he dedicated “Transmission” to the one-and-only Ian Curtis.
It was an incredible night of music that lasted about three and half hours. Fans of Joy Division and New Order definitely got their money’s worth, and then some.
Words & Photography: Wes Marsala
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