Peter Hook & The Light have announced their return to Australia and New Zealand in 2022 to perform Joy Division’s landmark albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, in full and sequential order, plus a bonus opening set of New Order material. The celebration of the seminal post-punk act will return to Astor Theatre on Friday, March 4, 2022, following a “truly epic performance“ at the venue in 2017.
Joy Division co-founder and bassist Peter Hook was part of the band for the entirety of their four-year career before going on to co-found New Order with his surviving Joy Division bandmates. This tour commemorates the legacy and influence of Joy Division and celebrates a decade of consistent touring from Peter Hook & The Light.
Released in 1979, Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division’s debut album. With its now iconic, sleek, minimalist cover art and energetic yet melancholic songs, Unknown Pleasures looked and sounded unlike anything else at the time. Songs such as Disorder, Shadowplay and She’s Lost Control have a power that has not faded over time, with the album earning consistent praise as one of the most pivotal and influential post-punk records ever.
Closer was released in 1980, two months after the suicide of Joy Division’s frontman and lyricist, Ian Curtis. Surrounded by tragic circumstance and with songs full of panic, passion and emotional anguish, tracks such as Isolation, Atrocity Exhibition and Heart and Soul saw Closer reach #23 in Australia and #3 in New Zealand.
Peter Hook formed The Light to keep the music of Joy Division alive and has spent the last decade performing the works of both Joy Division and New Order to sold out audiences around the world.
“I never had any idea that I would play anywhere apart from Manchester that one night (May 18, 2010),” Peter Hook said. “I have been asked to play all around the world and everywhere we have gone we have gotten a great reception.”
Peter Hook & The Light perform the Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer plus and opening set of New Order material at Astor Theatre on Friday, March 4, 2022. Tickets are on sale now from metropolistouring.com