Peter Hook & the Light to Perform Joy Division's 'Closer' for U.S. Audiences

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Peter Hook & The Light will return to North America this fall to perform the two landmark albums Closer and Unknown Pleasures from the legendary post-punk group Joy Division sequentially and in full for audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The trek will kick off next week in New York City (Tue. 9.13, Gramercy Theater), and visit major North American cities including Los Angeles (Wed. 9.14, The Music Box-Closer) and (Fri. 9.15, El Rey Theatre-Unknown Pleasures), San Francisco (Sat. 9.17 Mezzanine), Denver (Mon. 9.19 Bluebird Theatre), Boston (Tue. 9.20 Paradise Rock Club), Washington, D.C. (Wed. 9.21, 9:30 Club), Chicago (Fri 9.23, Metro), Toronto (Sat. 9.24, Phoenix Concert Theater), Montreal (Sun. 9.25, Club Soda), Tijuana (Wed., 9.28, Black Box), Guadalajara (Thur. 9.29, The Warehouse) and Mexico City (Sat. 10.1, El Pasaguero). 

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After performing together at the opening night of The Factory in February 2010, Peter Hook & The Light have toured mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and festival appearances. Last December, the group--which features Peter Hook, legendary bassist and founding member of Joy Division/New Order on vocals and bass, Jack Bates (bass), Nat Watson (guitar), Andy Poole (keyboards) and Paul Kehoe (drums)--toured the U.S. for critically acclaimed run performing Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures of which Spin noted, “the band filled ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ with an ecstatic thunder the original never touched.” (Reyan Ali, 12/1/10). Produced by Martin Hannett both Unknown Pleasures and Closer have enjoyed immense critical acclaim and are widely considered influential post-punk and new wave classics. The influence of both albums is longstanding and remains pervasive today, both for fans and the many emerging artists who take on the template of Joy Division’s sound in the modern era. Closer yielded many landmark Joy Division tracks including “Atrocity Exhibition,” “Heart And Soul” and “Twenty Four Hours.”

Peter Hook & The Light released their debut EP 1102/2011 digitally this spring on Hacienda Records. The EP features a previously unreleased Joy Division song titled “Pictures In My Mind” as well as new renditions of “Atmosphere,” “New Dawn Fades,” and “Insight.” On Thursday, September 15, Peter will make a special appearance in Los Angeles for an in-store signing at Amoeba Records (6400 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028) to celebrate the release of the new double red vinyl & CD live album Unknown Pleasures Live In Australia out now on Pylon Records. Peter will meet and greet with fans starting at 7:00pm. For more information, click here.

The complete tracklisting for Joy Division’s CLOSER:
1. Atrocity Exhibition
2. Isolation
3. Passover
4. Colony
5. A Means to an End
6. Heart and Soul
7. Twenty Four Hours
8. The Eternal
9. Decades

The complete tracklisting for Joy Division’s UNKOWN PLEASURES:
1. Disorder
2. Day of the Lords
3. Candidate
4. Insight
5. New Dawn Fades
6. She's Lost Control
7. Shadowplay
8. Wilderness
9. Interzone

Peter Hook & The Light fall North American tour dates:

Tue 9/13 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre CLOSER
Wed 9/14 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box CLOSER
Thu 9/15 Los Angeles, CA Amoeba Music
Fri 9/16 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Sat 9/17 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine CLOSER
Mon 9/19 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Tue 9/20 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club CLOSER
Wed 9/21 Washington D.C., DC 9:30 Club CLOSER
Fri 9/23 Chicago, IL Metro CLOSER
Sat 9/24 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Sun 9/25 Montreal, QC Club Soda UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Wed 9/28 Tijuana, MEX Black Box UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Thu 9/29 Guadalajara, MEX The Warehouse UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Sat 10/1 Mexico City, MEX El Pasaguero UNKNOWN PLEASURES 

Photo by Mark McNulty