The legendary four-piece treated fans to a 90-minute set at Brixton Academy packed with hits from their back catalogue including ‘Ceremony’, ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’, ‘Temptation’, ‘True Faith’, ‘Regret’ and ‘Blue Monday’, a song which the band were forced to cut from their Glastonbury set this year.
They also threw in Joy Division favourites ‘Transmission’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘Warsaw’.
Speaking before the gig bassist Peter Hook told NME.COM: “The reason why we decided to do these shows was basically to give the two places in England which had given us the most, the nod really.
“After doing the festivals, which I think we felt quite happy with cos we reached so many people, we sort of went home and everybody started moaning at us cos we hadn’t played our home town. We were a little bit worried we’d negelected our home town and generally because of our guestlist there we don’t make any money so we decided to do this date as well to make some money to pay for the Manchester gig.”
During the encore, singer Bernard Sumner pulled their video producer Michael Shamberg up on stage for a special dedication.
The New Order frontman said: “We would like to dedicate this next track to Michael Shamberg. Give him a cheer, he hasn’t been very well lately,” before Sumner launched into the Joy Division track ‘Shadowplay’.
They closed the set with ‘She’s Lost Control’.
New Order head up to Manchester next Monday (November 14) before they are inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame alongside the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd on Thursday (November 17).
Speaking about the honour Hooky added: “What excites me most about it is the company. It’s quite weird cos you do it as New Order and you’re part of the night and its like a Brits thing. Its like an excuse for a piss up a lot of the time and sometimes you worry that it’s cheap TV. But it is a very nice compliment to be put in with that bracket with the likes of The Who. If it gets me out of the house then fucking great.”
New Order played:
‘Your Silent Face’
‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’
‘Bizarre Love Triangle’
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
‘She’s Lost Control’