Peter Hook to play Joy Division albums in full at 40th anniversary gigs

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2019
Peter Hook

Peter Hook

Peter Hook has announced two 40th anniversary shows in London and Manchester, which will see him perform Joy Division albums 'Unknown Pleasures' and 'Closer' in full

Peter Hook is set to play Joy Division's albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full at two 40th anniversary shows. Tickets for the shows in London and Manchester go on sale at 10am on Fri 26 Apr.

The iconic band's bassist will play the seminal records, which were released in 1979 and 1980 respectively, at London's O2 Academy Brixton on Wed 15 May 2020, and Manchester's O2 Apollo on Thu 15 May 2020, where he will be backed by his band Peter Hook & The Light.

The 63-year-old musician will also perform songs by his former band New Order at the 'An Evening with Peter Hook & The Light – Joy Division: A Celebration' shows.

As well as celebrating the albums reaching the milestone, the money made from ticket sales will be donated to CALM and the Epilepsy Society, in honour of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis – who tragically took his own life in May 1980, aged just 23.

Hook has dedicated his time to spreading awareness of mental health issues in men – suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 40 – and has been working with CALM, who spread awareness of the subject and encourage men to speak out, for some time.

Speaking about his charity work, he said previously: "The treatment has changed and society has changed, I do feel that people are more empathetic and open to education in those things. We're looking at mental health in a positive way now so that people don't have to go through what he went through. A bunch of idiots like us can even be educated. We were unaware of what Ian was going through. That, as an old bloke, is the most shocking aspect of it – how unprepared and uneducated we as his friends were. Any education and any communication about things like this towards avoiding what happened to Ian is the most important thing. The hardest thing in the world is knowing what people are going through. I'm an alcoholic and a drug addict, and coming to terms with something like that helps you understand it more."

Tickets for Peter Hook's 40th Anniversary shows in London and Manchester go on sale at 10am on Fri 26 Apr.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Peter Hook & the Light

New Order's inimitable bassist fronts his own band to perform NO's back catalogue.

Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Wed 12 Jan 2022

£34.05 / 0141 552 4601

O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9

Sat 15 Jan 2022

£37.50 / 0844 477 2000

O2 Academy Leeds

Tue 11 Jan 2022

£34.50 / 0844 477 2000

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