PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – A Blue Tuesday in Belgium…

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PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT / W-Festival Wortegem-Petegem, Belgium / 23 August 2016

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When PETER HOOK – original bass player of JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER – started a solo project some years ago, not to create new music but to play the (old) records of both bands he was part of, I was utterly suspicious. Why do that? For the money? As a vivid fan of Joy and Order I was persuaded that no member, whoever, could recreate solo the music the right way. But when I came across some live footage of gigs Hook played with his band THE LIGHT (including his son) on YouTube I just loved it from the first second. Why? Here’s why…

… yes, pretty awesome, isn’t it? It made me realise again that he was after all a major force in the development of Joy Division‘s unique sound. Nobody played the bass as he did when that stellar Manchester gang started to make some brilliant noise as Warsaw back in 1976 and later on, after the sad death of Ian Curtis, with New Order. Also he was/is the coolest cat of both bands. Therefore seeing & hearing the man play in the flesh last Tuesday was damn special. I saw him performing before with NO several times, but this was different, this was the only rocker of those legendary bands doing impressive stuff with his bass in the middle of the stage now. And, yes, he did justice to any Joy/Order song just perfectly. This amateur clip (thanks to Numaoid65) of Isolation will give you an idea of the vibe last Tuesday…

The show was almost perfect (even without a real drummer who missed his flight to the festival). From ‘Your Silent Face’ to ‘She’s Lost Control’. Why not plain perfect? Well, he didn’t play LOVE WILL TEAR US APART. I was really hoping for it. Damn you, Hooky. Even worse,
I just learned he initially planned to perform the gloomy cracker but cancelled it at the last minute for unknown reasons/pleasures. How do I know? Here’s the set list as showed on the band’s Facebook page after the concert…

Setlist

But, hey, no worries, long live the internet. Here’s a beautiful cathedral choir version of that timeless classic..

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT: Facebook – Twitter

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(concert pics/ JL/TurnUpTheVolume!)

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