“Hooky is the Rock God of bass players. His performance at North London’s Koko had far more energy than last summer’s Hyde Park show by the rest of New Order. He closed with a triumphant Temptation and the inevitable encore of Blue Monday. You’ve still got it, Hooky.”-The Sun
Following their sold out debut UK concerts in January 2013, Peter Hook & The Light are to debut their critically acclaimed performances of the first two New Order albums, “Movement” (1981) and “Power, Corruption & Lies” (1983) to North American audiences for the first time in September 2013. Support at all headline dates will come from ‘Slaves of Venus’.
In the first of a string of international dates to be announced for The Light, this nine date run of the United States along with three dates in Canada sees the band return to cities previously visited, as well as some for the first time, and marks their third tour of North America after dates in December 2010 and September 2011 performing Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” albums.
All of the shows feature full performances of both albums in full, sequential order, which has become a hallmark of The Light’s sets, and will also include singles and B-Sides from the corresponding period including “Everything’s Gone Green”, “Temptation” and “Blue Monday” which New Order generally didn’t include on the releases, preferring their LPs to stand alone in comparison to the singles.
Both albums mark the early development of New Order’s sound whilst also, notably on “Movement”, referring back to the Joy Division template. The final album from the band to be produced by Martin Hannett, Movement’s reputation has grown stronger amongst fans since release for its experimentation, Peter Hook taking lead vocals on two of the album’s key tracks, opener “Dreams Never End” and the seminal “Doubts Even Here.”
Some thirty years on from its first release, “Power Corruption & Lies” shows the emergence of what is termed the trademark, archetypal New Order sound and was more enthusiastically received than its predecessor with Rolling Stone terming it “a landmark album of danceable, post-punk music”.
Containing some of the fans persistent live favourites such as “Age Of Consent” and “Your Silent Face”, as well as the much loved album tracks, “586” and “Leave Me Alone” it was this album that cemented New Order’s reputation and showed a cohesiveness and new found confidence emanating from the band.
(On Power, Corruption And Lies): New Order struck upon something both in keeping with the times and notably progressive….a herald of New Order’s second, imperial period of being clued-in electro pioneers” -BBC Online
September 10 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
September 13 – Webster Hall, New York City, NY
September 14 – The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
September 13 – 15 – Riot Fest, Chicago, IL. (US Exclusive Joy Division Set)
September 18 – Club Soda, Montreal, QC
September 19 – The Hoxton, Toronto, ON
September 21 – Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
September 23 – Venue, Vancouver, BC
September 25 – Neumos, Seattle, WA
September 26 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
September 27 – Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
September 28 – Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
All dates feature “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” performed in full apart from Riot Fest in Chicago which will see Hooky and his band play a tour exclusive Joy Division set.
Tickets for Riot Fest 2013 in Chicago are on sale now via www.riotfest.org.
Fans can hear a preview of what to expect in September by downloading Peter Hook & The Light’s new live album, ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ live at Manchester Cathedral, which can be purchased HERE.
A free track, “Everything’s Gone Green” from the album is also available to download HERE.
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