Thursday, 2 February 2017
Peter Hook & The Light: live albums & UK dates announced
May 5th sees the worldwide CD and digital release via Westworld Recordings of four stunning live albums from legendary Joy Division and New Order bass player’s band Peter Hook and The Light. These recordings comprise Peter Hook and The Light performing these Joy Division and New Order classic albums in their entirety plus selected fan favourites. The audio quality is excellent and this coupled with excellent performances from Peter and the band will make these a must have for any fan of these two iconic outfits.
Released in August 1987, New Order’s Substance was originally conceived as a way for Factory Records boss, TonyWilson, to play the New Order singles on the CD player of his new Jaguar car. Substance became the best selling New Order album ever upon its release, the double LP going on to sell 2 million copies in America alone. Widely considered New Order’s strongest album, “their most popular, well known, highly rated and arguably the most influential” (Sputnik Music), Factory Records’ 200th release featured the bands seminal 12” mixes of their singles as well as versions of ‘Confusion’ and Temptation re-recorded for the LP.
Running from “Ceremony” in 1981 up to “True Faith” in 1987 (again recorded especially for the album), the set takes in the high points of New Order’s catalogue, including “Temptation”, “Thieves Like Us”, “The Perfect Kiss” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”. Released the following year in July 1988, Joy Division’s Substance features all the singles which did not appear on the albums such as “Transmission”, “Komakino”, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere”, as well as their b-sides, tracks from their EP “An Ideal For Living” and the Factory Records sampler.
Factory Records’ 250th release, it begins with “Warsaw” and takes in the development of the band through “Digital” and “Dead Souls” to the band’s final tracks. The collection demonstrates the same energy as a full length LP with several key B-sides added. Allmusic called it “the best adjunct to the two albums anyone could want.” Peter Hook & The Light have toured Joy Division and New Order’s albums extensively since debuting “Unknown Pleasures” back in 2010 with dates all across the world which have been very well received by critics and fans alike.
Following the debut Glasgow, Manchester and London dates in September 2016, Peter Hook & The Light are to perform Joy Division and New Order’s legendary Factory Records compilation albums “Substance” live with dates across England and Wales in early to mid March 2017. Spread across three weeks, the dates see The Light return to a number of venues they have played acclaimed and well attended concerts previously as well some new arenas for the band. Beginning Thurs 2nd March in Newcastle, that week’s run of gigs see Hooky and The Light back in Liverpool & Holmfirth.
The tour's second week begins on the South Coast, Tues 7th March in Brighton with dates at the end of the week in Gloucester, Leamington Spa and a first gig for the band at the legendary Rock City in Nottingham. The final leg of the tour, across Thurs 16th Mar to Sat 18th Mar sees the band finish up the run in Colchester & Cardiff with the final night at Leeds 02 Academy.
MARCH 2017: Thurs 2nd The Boilershop, Newcastle Fri 3rd Liverpool 02 Academy Sat 4th The Picturedome, Holmfirth Tues 7th Concorde 2, Brighton Thurs 9th Guildhall, Gloucester Fri 10th Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa Sat 11th Rock City, Nottingham Thurs 16th Arts Centre, Colchester Fri 17th Tramshed, Cardiff Sat 18th Leeds 02 Academy