Joy Division & New Order Bassist Peter Hook Brings "The Light" to Asheville's Orange Peel May 2

Peter Hook & the Light to Perform Full Joy Division and New Order Sets

The Orange Peel
Saturday, May 2

Any self-respecting goth, punk or new-waver growing up in the 80s has been inducted into the dark, agitated and bass heavy songs of despair and detachment by Joy Division and New Order. The two bands are inextricably connected to post-punk rock and, later, electronic dance music. Songs like ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ are theme songs of the alienated yet frantic feelings of youth (and beyond). The fact that Joy Division’s first singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide just days before the band’s first US tour has only added to their legend.

New Order split up after years of tension between singer Bernard Sumner and bassist Peter Hook, with Hook either leaving the band, or kicked out depending on who’s story you believe. One final album, “The Lost Sirens” was released to great acclaim and New Order still exists sans Hook, and without the creative tension between its two founding members that gave birth to so much great music.


In May 2010, Peter Hook decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear both of Joy Division’s masterpiece albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, live and in their entireties. Backed by his new band The LightHook first played ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at the Factory club in Manchester in order to celebrate the life of Ian – one stand alone sold out night quickly became two, and due to phenomenal worldwide demand, Hooky then began took the show on the road.

On their Asheville appearance Peter Hook and the Light, with Hook as leader and vocalist, along with a group of younger musicians (including his son, Jack) will play three hours of both New Order and Joy Division songs with end-to-end performances of seminal albums from their collective discography. Whether tearing through New Order’s Power, Corruption, and Lies or ruminating on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures,  Hook and the Light are never short on energy, sating fans with epic classics like “Age of Consent” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. Expect an unforgettable evening of classic tunes from two of modern rock’s most influential bands.


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