New Order may have reformed without telling bassist Peter Hook but that doesn’t mean he’s relinquishing his rights or enthusiasm toward playing the band’s songs. Announced today is that Hook and his band, The Light, will be following up their Riot Fest performance at Humboldt Park on Sep 15 with an after-show at the Double Door.
The band’s performance at the festival is an entire set of Joy Division songs, the closest thing fans are likely to see to the original band. The after-show will take a different trip down Hook’s memory lane as he will be performing the New Order albums, Movement and Power, Corruption, & Lies, which turned 30 this past May. Those albums will be played in order and in their entirety along with all of New Order’s earliest b-sides and singles. That’s right, “Blue Monday” is a go but also some songs that New Order sans Hooky are unlikely to play on their current tour. Says Hook:
“Some of the album tracks and lesser known singles are absolutely fantastic and as good as what you might call the commercial hits, some of it’s a lot better in truth. I think that ‘Everything’s Gone Green’ is a much better song than ‘Blue Monday’. I think when you look at songs like ‘Your Silent Face’ or ‘Leave Me Alone’, they’re actually better songs than what New Order picked for the singles. I see them all as one big collection and songs like ‘Hurt’, ‘Ecstacy’ or ‘Procession’, there’s so many songs that were being ignored which was a great pity.”
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Hook also promises that fans of the albums are going to hear the songs as originally intended, unlike his former bandmates:
“I think one of the problems New Order had, especially with Bernard and Stephen, was they were reluctant to visit the old material. They sort of settled on a setlist and refused to change it. I always felt like that was such a shame because of the wealth of material they had. And one of the sad things about New Order, or shall we say the incarnation now, is they don’t use the correct instruments and it doesn’t sound the same. Maybe they wanted to change the songs, but it doesn’t sound as good to me.”
For those that missed New Order at Lollapalooza or just want to hear the other side of things, Hooky and company will be playing at Double Door on Sun, Sep 15 at 10:30 PM. Tickets for this special show are on sale this Friday at 11 AM and are a far sight more reasonably priced than Lolla’s festival prices. For a preview of what to expect from the band’s set at Riot Fest or the after-show, you can download assorted dates from Peter Hook & the Light at Play Concert. Also, a free download of an excellent performance of the Movement b-side, “Everything’s Gone Green”, can be found on Soundcloud.