Revisiting Joy Division’s seminal albums “Unknown Pleasures” back in May 2010 for a commemorative charity concert and following it each year with a new album performed live, now including “Closer”, “Still”, “Movement” and “Power Corruption & Lies”, Peter Hook And The Light have come to a mass some 150 shows in total in the three years since firs playing the LP.
Making the full album the hallmark of their live sets, these are performed in their entirety along with the singles, b –sides and rarities from their respective periods. The Light have drawn great reactions for their live concerts all across the world, drawing crowds of all ages both fans of Hooky’s original groups and those touched by the hands of the still influential music they produced.
Reintroducing Hooky’s early repertoire to a host of new audiences across festivals and dates in the past three years, The Light have taken headline slots at Vintage, Benicassim, 1234, and other European and world festivals. The band have also toured Europe, America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to great success.
In January 2013, Peter Hook And The Light made their debut performances of New Order’s first two albums “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” with three sold out concerts in Cardiff, London and Manchester. These concerts were very well received by the national and music press with some quotes included below.
In 2013, Peter Hook And The Light have already toured Eastern Europe and Russia, and with festival and live dates for both Joy Division and New Order album shows over the summer, are looking forward to fully touring “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” later in the year.
The Light’s line up consists of Peter Hook taking lead vocals and playing bass for The Light, his son Jack Bates also fills in on bass with Nat Wason on guitar whilst the line up is completed by long time Hooky cohorts Andy Poole on keys and Paul “Leadfoot” Kehoe on drums.
On “Peter Hook And The Light”
“Stirring, emotive and exceptionally impressive....Hooky and the band reinvigorated the old material with real passion.
Word Magazine, December 2011
“5 Stars – A fitting tribute to one of the greatest bands Britain has ever produced. Hooky pulled it off and then some.”
Sunday Mail, May 2012
“Hook is dispelling the naysayers, the doubters, reclaiming his music and delivering it the way he always wanted to, as the song ends he looks emotional, he strips to the waist, balls his shirt and tosses it into the crowd.
Joy Division were always a rock band, and Peter Hook will always be a rock star –but a rock star who wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t ashamed to show his emotions.
Louder Than War, May 2012
“There was never any doubt that this gig by the New Order legend and his new band was to be something quite extraordinary [and] there was certainly an air of eager anticipation that this was an event, a happening, a moment in history.”
Manchester Evening News, Jan 2013
“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 then the inevitable encore of Blue Monday.
The Sun, Jan 2013
“While pages and pages of text has been written about how influential Peter Hook’s bass sound is, and how much it defined Joy Division and New Order, he’s also a very compelling front man. Now, 30 years later, the songs really come to life with a punchier musical delivery than they ever had on record, and an uber-confident Hook belting them out.”
Artrocker, Jan 2013