When Peter Hook & The Light played their first of this week’s two shows in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the band was joined by a pair of special guests: Moby and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who helped the legendary bassist perform a total of four Joy Division classics at The Music Box.
Moby — who is slated to reprise his role Friday night during a performance of Unknown Pleasures at the El Rey Theatre — appeared onstage to perform two songs during the band’s Closer set (“Colony” and “A Means to an End”) and then came back during the encore for a performance of “Transmission” (see video below).
Farrell, who joined Hook onstage last December in L.A. to play “Transmission,” also appeared Wednesday night, taking the mic to sing “Isolation” with the band.
After the show, according to a news release, Hook said:
“I love coming to Los Angeles and I’m thoroughly delighted that two great musicians, Moby and Perry Farrell, joined me and The Light for a great gig. I’m touched by their support and their respect for Joy Division which they showed by delivering fantastic performances as always. I suppose LA’s not a lonely place after all.”
“I was excited and nervous to be singing Joy Division songs with Peter Hook and The Light but at souncheck, hearing ‘Isolation’in an empty theatre was magical. When I went on to sing ‘Transmission’ at the encore, I thought ‘Is this real?’ It was an amazing experience.”
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