Video — September 15, 2011 at 8:04 am

Moby, Perry Farrell join Peter Hook to play Joy Division in L.A. (photos, video)

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.”

Moby added:

“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.”

Below, you can find video of Moby and Farrell performing with Hook & The Light via Hipster73, as well as photographs — such as the one posted above — taken by Timothy Norris.













  1. If I had one wish, it would be to see this tour.

  2. Moby is not the opener at either of these shows. I went last night and Moby was a guest performer along with Perry Farrell. The opener last night and Friday is an amazing act called El Ten Eleven.


  3. I had a great time at the show in NYC, Some guy who use to manage NO in America introduced the band before they came on. The set list was amazing and they sounded great live, my favorites were Isolation, Heart & soul and Decades, during Atmosphere some guy in front of me started a fight because he was messing with his girl so Hooky stopped the show till everything cleared out and then started Atmosphere again. After the show I was Lucky enough to go backstage and meet Peter Hook and took some pictures and got some autographs.

    Here is the pic of the Venue

    Here is a pic of the setlist.

    Here is Hook signing some autographs for me.

    This is a little souvineer that I bought for myself at the show for $20, which is not bad at all, usually they are $30

    Sorry that I could not take any pictures during the show, because my camera sucks in the dark.

  4. Sweet, hope there are some cool guest singers in SF on saturday.

  5. sacrilege

  6. @ Jose Jones “sacrilege”? Hardly. This was a a pure tribute to great music. Who better to engage in said tribute then one of the creators of the tome? Unless you were there, i’d refrain from comment.

  7. I saw the last show in SF and while it was much better than I expected, I am skipping tomorrow’s (going to see another band instead). I am liking the Moby and Perry appearances though!

  8. Yeah pure tribute alright. Neither of those guys even bothered to learn the lyrics. And Hooky, well he’s just milking the JD name for all it’s worth.

  9. @ Jose Jones. Do you know how many times I have seen Bernard use a lyric sheet? How bout Prince, even Hooky himself? John Lydon uses one and the list can continue I’m sure. Many of these older musicians haven’t sang these songs in decades so if they chose to use a lyric sheet to remind them of the lyrics then i say go for it. It didn’t distract from the show or the meaning of the music to me.

  10. @ Jose Jones “And Hooky, well he’s just milking the JD name for all it’s worth.” Isn’t that what all people who work do? They do what they are best at. If that means that he is performing music that will both reach his fanbase as well as make him money is there something wrong with that? I am so tired of people useing the “sellout” term as an excuse for an argument. Hooky is doing what he pleases and that is to perform music that both speaks to him and his pocketbook. Thank you Peter.

  11. I think Peter’s “topping up the retirement fund post-GFC” tour is pretty lame. New material is one thing, but this just stinks of money making greed. I love Perry, but that was a pretty bad performance. He’s just as bad with his constant Jane’s reformations and tour with the same old set shiznit. Sad to see yesterday’s pioneers microwaved back up. Wish they’d stayed in the freezer myself.

    • @ bobbyd Please see above comments to Jose Jones in ref to the theory of an act “selling out” as Iggy Pop said….”Blah, blah, blah”

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