The bassist and his band perform on the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death

Peter Hook played Joy Division‘s classic album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in full tonight (May 18), at Manchester‘s FAC 251.

Performing on the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis‘ death, Hooky along with his band, The Light, played the group’s 1979 debut from start to finish, plus a number of other songs.

Opening with the Warsaw [Joy Division‘s original name] track ‘At A Later Date’, the band then played a series of songs including ‘Leaders Of Men’, ‘Digital’ and ‘Glass’.

The ‘Unknown Pleasures’ part of the set followed, beginning with ‘Disorder’ and saw former Happy Mondays singer Rowetta joining the group onstage to sing on ‘Insight’ and ‘New Dawn Fades’.

Fan favourites ‘She’s Lost Control’ and ‘Shadowplay’ saw Hooky noticeably moved by the occasion, as the crowd at the sold-out 450-capacity venue sang along.

Leaving the stage after the LP’s final track, ‘I Remember Nothing’, Hooky and the band came back on to perform an encore of ‘Transmission’, with former A Certain Ratio member Simon Topping taking on vocal duties.

The group then left the stage one last time, before returning for a second encore of Joy Division‘s classic single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Speaking to NME afterwards Peter Hook said he thought the set went “really well”, before revealing a bit about the build-up to the show.

“The preparation for the gig was very interesting as it was the first time I’d analysed the music since we wrote it,” he said. “The funny thing is I never realised how many words Ian used to sing, every song is like a wonderful essay without much repetition, which means I had to learn so much that it has made me put his role in the band into a whole new perspective.”

He added: “I noticed a lot of really neat little songwriting tricks that he uses a lot and it’s only when you analyse them that you notice them, as when I just listen to them, I know it’s really good, but you don’t know why.”

Meanwhile, the bassist also reflected on Joy Division‘s legacy and about the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death.

“I went to see Ian‘s grave this morning – it was such a beautiful day I thought I’d go and say hello to him and see how he was,” he explained. “It’s really odd after all these years when you go and do something like that, you see all these tributes [at the grave] and it’s really nice.”

Hook added: “Now some people will say, like they did about this show, that you shouldn’t do it and then a lot of people are thinking that you should do it. So it was nice that we had a club full of people tonight who think we should be doing it and the others can just fuck off.”

The Light played:

‘At A Later Date’
‘Warsaw’
‘No Love Lost’
‘Leaders Of Men’
‘Failures’
‘Digital’
‘Glass’
‘Disorder’
‘Day Of The Lords’
‘Candidate’
‘Insight’
‘New Dawn Fades’
‘She’s Lost Control’
‘Shadowplay’
‘Wilderness’
‘Interzone’
‘I Remember Nothing’
‘Transmission’
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

The Light play FAC 251 again tomorrow night (May 19).

See this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands tomorrow (May 19), for a special Ian Curtis tribute issue featuring interviews with his bandmates, friends and fans.

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