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Peter Hook (New Order & Joy Division) and The Light, The Castle warm up gig, Oldham, Manchester, UK 16-11-2011 | by @HotpixUK -Add Me On Ipernity 500px
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Peter Hook (New Order & Joy Division) and The Light, The Castle warm up gig, Oldham, Manchester, UK 16-11-2011

A cold evening in Oldham, with the town centre being dug up, a classic back catalog from the early JD & Warsaw days. What more could you ask for? A special warm up for a unique tour.


Well I saw Joy Division a couple of times, the same number of times I have been to see the memoral to Ian Curtis in Macclesfield. You can be forgiven for expecting a lot.


I have got to say, Hooky and The Light made a good job of it. The Castle reminded me of the Russell Club in Hulme, it just needed lower ceilings. Down to about 7'.


Rowetta was here too. The EP containing unreleased Joy Division track ‘Pictures In My Mind’, ‘Atmosphere’ plus Rowetta’s versions of ‘New Dawn Fades’ and ‘Insight’ are worth a download, see


Everything sounded raw, stripped down. Particularly the Closer album tracks, the young folks will only know them with the Hannett gloss of polished production.


Hooky's voice is slightly rough and Mancunian too. He needed some pages of his lyric book. Theres no robotic dancing either, and not so much bass playing. He leaves much to Jack, although rips into it as an axe-man when he gets in the mood. Breaks a string too on the Eccleshall Viking 1 (in Red with Cream Binding), so then it becomes more of a prop.


Rowetta's 'Atmosphere' was a highlight for me. Maybe all along that track needed female vocals.


Overall Hooky did good. He wrote this stuff, its in his soul. Thats why he wants to tour and share it, he is certainly not doing for the cash!


Setlist on the night included:


No Love Lost

Leaders of men




Day of the lords



New dawn Fades

She's Lost Control




I remember nothing



These days

Ice Age



24 Hours


Love Will Tear Us Apart


The tour proper starts shortly, try to catch them at one of the following dates.


November 2011

Friday 18th The Lowry, Salford

Saturday 19th The Lowry, Salford

Wednesday 23rd Reading3, Tel Aviv

Friday 25th Gagarin 205, Athens

Saturday 26th Eightball Live, Thessaloniki

Wednesday 30th Amager Bio, Copenhagen


December 2011

Thursday 1st Train, Aarhus

Friday 9th Orion, Rome

Saturday 10th Estragon, Bologna

Sunday 11th Deposito Giordani, Pordenone

Tuesday 20th Effenar, Eindhoven

Wednesday 21st Oosterpoort, Groningen

Thursday 22nd Melkweg, Amsterdam


April 2012

Thursday 12th Palace Theatre, Melbourne

Friday 13th Tivoli, Brisbane

Saturday 14th Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Monday 16th HQ Theatre, Adelaide


Interestingly, Amsterdam and Eindhoven feature. Places very much steeped in Joy Division legend and history.


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Taken on November 16, 2011