Peter Hook & The Light will continue their march through New Order’s back catalog, moving on to full-album performances of the band’s 1989 album Technique and its 1993 follow-up Republic at a trio of just-announced U.K. concerts this September.
The concerts in London, Manchester and Glasgow (see full details below) are referred to as “initial dates” in Hook’s announcement of the gigs on Facebook, and there’s mention from the group in the comments that they’d like to take the Technique/Republic shows to the U.S. in the future.
The performances of Technique and Republic come after Hook has spent the last several years marching through his bands’ discographies, performing the Joy Division oeuvre, then moving onto full-album performances of New Order records, in pairs.
The inclusion of Republic is a bit surprising, though, given the disdain Hook shows for the album, and the recording of it, in his book “Substance: Inside New Order.” He at one point labels it a Bernard Sumner solo effort, and chronicles the way his contributions, as well as those of Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, were stripped out. Ultimately, Hook was able to get his bass back on many of the tracks.
When the recording concluded with a battle over money, Hook wrote, “It was a very, very sour end to a fairly sour recording experience, which haunts me every time I hear the bloody record.” It’s also the only album in his book that Hook doesn’t break down: “Forgive me for not doing a track-by-track, but I can’t.”
Before those Technique/Republic shows in the U.K., though, Hook and The Light have a 28-date North American tour set for this spring, a run of dates that once again will see the band performing Joy Division’s and New Order’s classic Substance compilation albums front to back each night.
See all of the band’s dates below.
Peter Hook & The Light tour dates:
Performing Substance and Substance
April 26: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
April 27: Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
April 28: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
April 30: Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
May 1: The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
May 3: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
May 4: Metro Chicago, IL
May 7: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
May 8: Venue, Vancouver, BC
May 10: Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
May 11: Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
May 12: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
May 14: Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
May 15: Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
May 17: The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
May 19: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
May 21: Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA
May 22: Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
May 23: Mohawk Austin, TX
May 25: Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
May 26: The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
May 27: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
May 29: Exit/In, Nashville, TN
May 30: Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX
May 31: Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
June 3: The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
June 4: State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
Performing Unknown Pleasures and Closer
May 18: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Performing Technique and Republic
Sept. 28: KOKO, London, UK
Sept. 29: The Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
Sept. 30: O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
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