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Ian Curtis Tribute

Joy Division debut Unknown Pleasures gets an outing in full

  • 19/05/2010
  • Rob Facey
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Joy Division bassist Peter Hook marked the 30th anniversary of front man Ian Curtis’s death with a fitting tribute show in Manchester last night.

Playing their seminal debut album Unknown Pleasures in its entirety, a visibly moved Hook led his current band, Peter Hook’s The Light, through a host of other classics in front of a rapturous crowd at Fac 251.

The venue, recently opened by Hook on the site of Factory Records HQ to help showcase emerging talent, was full to capacity with fans from all walks of life – a testament to the strength of Curtis’s songwriting ability and the band’s far reaching influence.

With some fans, including Mancunian music legend Mani, forced to watch the gig on screens in the upstairs bar due to the sheer volume of people inside, Hook kicked off the night with rare Joy Division track A Later Date.

“It’s been a long time since that got a f******* airing!” he said before launching into a typically punchy version of Warsaw, followed by the rest of the 1978 EP An Ideal for Living.

The surprises kept coming with Digital’s spiky opening riff drawing the loudest cheers of the night.

When Hook finally got around to the main event of playing Unknown Pleasures track-by-track, he and his band surpassed all expectations.

The opening bars to Disorder were enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and Hook was clearly taken aback at the response the track generated, saying: “you’ve just made an old man very happy”.

Former Happy Mondays singer Rowetta took over vocal duties for Candidate and Insight, before Hook took centre stage once again to deliver stunning versions of She’s Lost Control and Shadowplay, highlighting the fact that nearly every track on the album is a classic.

After encoring with Transmission many fans started to trickle out onto the street.

However, there was one last surprise left in store as Hook reappeared to end the night with an extended version of the track most associated with Curtis, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

A Later Date
No Love Lost
Leaders Of Men
Day of The Lords
New Dawn Fades
She’s Lost Control
I Remember Nothing
Love Will Tear Us Apart

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