Estranged New Order bassist Peter Hook is to perform the band’s first two albums with his current band The Light.
The Light have recently been performing Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ albums in full. The newly announced performances, incorporating albums ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ plus classic singles dating from 1981 to 1983, will take place at London’s Koko on January 17 and Manchester Cathedral the following day.
Hook recently published an autobiography, Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division, in which he shares memories of his time in Joy Division. Speaking to NME in the video which you can watch above, Hook revealed that he plans to write a tell-all memoir of his time in New Order too, and promises plenty of “naughtiness” within.
Hook said: “Will I do the New Order book? Yeah, probably, yeah. Because the thing is that first part of New Order from 1980 to 1990, when we did ‘World In Motion’ was such an exciting period and we have so many wonderful anecdotes and stories that, if you listen to the others, I make them all up. But they are fantastic to read whether I make them up or not, and isn’t that what a book is all about?”
There was a lot of naughtiness in that period, so when you look at it from a book point of view it’s going to be a very exciting book to write. When we were in Joy Division we didn’t have any money, and you do need money to be naughty.
Relations between Hook and his former bandmates have been frosty since the band reformed without Hook in late 2011. In January 2012, Hook launched a legal action against New Order over use of the group’s name.
Before a headline slot at last weekend’s Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, New Order told BBC 6Music that there may be a new, Hook-free, album on the horizon. “After Christmas, we’re going to have a meeting about writing some new stuff,” said frontman Bernard Sumner. “Speaking to journalists and speaking to fans, they seem to really want to hear some new stuff. We won’t play live as much next year, maybe half the amount we’ve done this year, and we’ll write some new stuff.”
Hook had, in the past, received criticism for touring his Joy Division show with The Light. He explained earlier this year: “I started thinking about Joy Division and wondering why we didn’t celebrate it. When Joy Division finished we immediately immersed ourselves in New Order and we didn’t grieve when it ended.” His motivations for playing ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ have yet to be revealed, though a portion of the profits from each gig will be donated to charities Mind and Forever Manchester.