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Peter Hook treats The Troc to a three-hour extravaganza of New Order and Joy Division (photos, review, setlist)

Peter Hook | Photo by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompaAll Photos by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa

Former New Order and Joy Division member Peter Hook and his band The Light rocked the 143-year-old Trocadero Theatre for nearly three hours on Saturday night. The band is on tour playing the New Order albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety along with assorted B-sides from those albums. Early arrivers were rewarded with a surprise when mysterious opening band “Slaves Of Venus” turned out to be none other than Hook And The Light performing a set of Joy Division songs.

Hook sported a mohawk, looked fit enough to dominate a rugby scrum and stalked the stage with a certain well-earned swagger. He swapped between his trademark bass and guitar as needed and handled all the lead vocals impressively, especially the Joy Division songs which he delivered in a haunting way that would’ve made the irreplaceable Ian Curtis proud. Hook was backed by his son Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards, and Paul Kehoe on drums.

Bates and Hook occasionally both played bass simultaneously, which helped to recreate the bass heavy nature of many of the Joy Division and New Order tracks. Bates resembles his father both in look and skill when playing, both hunch over their basses intently, nimbly but fiercely plucking the strings. Potts is the secret weapon of the band though, providing stinging notes and sheets of guitar texture to the electronic based sound of the two bands.

The lighting was kept minimal during this intense seven song opening set. Highlights were a pounding, primal “Dead Souls” and the gothic, starkly beautiful B-side “In A Lonely Place.” After a brief break, the band returned to the stage to play New Order songs. They kicked off this part of the show with “Ceremony,” honoring the legacy of New Order by playing a powerful rendition of their first single to the delight of the hardcore fans who packed the venue. They then played the entire Movement album. Hook and the Light recreated the album perfectly, with highlights being a hard driving “Chosen Time” and a fierce “Denial.” Next came another short break then Power, Corruption & Lies.

Power… is on just about every best album of the eighties list, and despite it’s dark title and subject matter it has a brighter sound than the rest of the songs from this show. The mood lightened during the playing of this album, the band played louder and looser and the crowd was dancing and singing even up in the balcony. The highlight of this this set was the late double shot of electronic music excellence “Ultraviolence” followed by “Ecstasy.”

Late in the Power… set, Hook stopped to tell the audience “You’ve made an old man very happy,” leading to a huge passionate cheer from the crowd. After finishing the album another brief break came before the encore. The band closed with a powerful three song run of the underrated but memorable “Everything’s Gone Green,” a throbbing version of “Temptation” and the ultimate show closer “Blue Monday.” “Blue Monday” featured the band at peak form with Hook banging on a drum machine and firing off notes occasionally on guitar and Poole adding a swirling chorus of electronic angels and pulsating runs on the keys. Late in the song came the most memorable chill-inducing moment of the night, as Hook and son Bates stood next to each other and both unleashed that memorable twenty-two note, echoing warpath-like hook of the song, driving the song and show to a perfect conclusion. Check out a gallery of the show below, and complete setlists after the jump.

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Peter Hook & The Light to play New Order songs in September, after New Order plays them in July

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Will the real New Order please stand up.

Peter Hook, the bassist from New Order and Joy Division won’t be out on tour with New Order this summer when they play The Mann in July, but Hook and his band The Light will be playing New Order songs at the Trocadero on Saturday, September 14th. In fact, Hook will be playing two New Order classic albums, Movement, and Power, Corruption, & Lies in their entirety. Tickets are on sale now here.

There’s bitter blood between New Order’s lead singer Bernard Sumner and Hook, who co-founded Joy Division together which begat New Order. With a history of personal and business disagreements between them, the animosity increased after New Order decided to reform in 2011 without Hook’s knowledge. In this Billboard.com interview from January of this year, Hook offers his side of the story, in which he positions the three remaining members of New Order squarely against him. Sumner, lead singer of New Order, responded with his side of the story on Spinner.com several days after Hook’s Billboard interview. Ultimately, its a musical battle that will be determined by the fans. Can you hear Power, Corruption, & Lies not being sung by Bernie? Yeah, neither can we. But then again, we heard Hook’s show in December 2010 at Voyeur was fantastic.

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Tonight: Peter Hook’s Unknown Pleasures

Tonight at Snacks (from the folks who bring you Making Time) at Voyeur Nightclub the legendary Peter Hook bassist from Joy Division and New Order is performing Joy Division’s classic 1979 release Unknown Pleasures in its entirety. The show comes on the 30th anniversary of the death of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis in May 1980. Voyeur 1221 St. James St. Philadelphia. Tickets: $15.00 General Admission. 21 and over. If you needed any reminder as to the genius of Joy Division and the album, below are a couple of videos of songs from that dark punk masterpiece.

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