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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:49:30

USA/Canada Part:3

 I reach Rock Bottom…..AGAIN!

REPUBLIC, NEW ORLEANS

An interesting city, I always shudder when I see the Dome downtown tho’, after hearing the stories of life just after Hurricane Katrina. A lot of homeless people here too. It immediately strikes you in every city we visit how many there are. From New York, stretching to San Francisco, Detroit being particularly bad hit, they are everywhere;(

Ah well…there but for the grace of god eh people? Hotel is nice and close to the gig and after an early night I am able to hit the gym, which is nice. Another gig off the list today, and I must admit this is a long tour and I am feeling it very much. I suppose that’s the problem of having so much on at home with the Legal cases, such a shame it ruins everything. When they said,

‘Cocaine is god’s way of telling you you’ve got too much money!’

They definitely should have said Litigation! Jesus!

Anyway nice walk to the gig and we are off. Gig goes well until the JD set, when two kids start pogoing and an older lady at the front takes offence and goes mental, punching one of these guys twice in the face, as fast as Jason Statham! Must be one of these Hockey moms we hear about. It calms down but she shows no remorse even when I warn her to take it easy. What a girl! She looks like Sarah Palin on steroids. Apart from that the gig goes well, strange how I am starting to recognise a lot of the audience members from when we have played a place before…my memory seems to be improving…must be all the exercise. I walk home with Andy Poole, particularly nice in the light of the Supermoon we’ve having at the moment. Bed is welcome. Early-ish start to…..

 TERMINAL WEST, ATLANTA.

 Getting a bit fed up with airports I must admit. Longing for a train station;)

The only fun to be had here is, Pottsy having lost his passport, has to use his driving license to travel, and it singles him out as being foreign and ‘Of special interest’ (I always said he was special;) so he gets a ‘special’ very intimate pat down which is funny to watch, his facial reactions being very interesting to the shall we say…probing;) Nice quick trip and after doing my laundry (again) we are back at another gig. This goes very well from start to finish, with an older audience than usual. Another sell out, which as the guy said, ‘Pretty good for a Tuesday night!’ Glad to get back to bed….knackered! Later start today, which is nice and the last flight for a while too.

 PLAZA LIVE, ORLANDO.

I have been here many times with the kids over the years, so it seems like an old friend. I used to think it was hilarious when a huge plane load of English families after no sleep on the flight, would arrive and get taken straight to the hire car place and given a left hand drive motor, then being let loose on America’s roads, sleep deprived, jet lagged, with a car full of screaming children. Watching them from a safe distance, go the wrong way round the roundabouts was my favourite (I was lucky, I had driven here a lot). I look out of the Gym window onto Orlando downtown, and it is very pretty. But again, has it’s own fair share of wandering homeless (at least it’s warm here I suppose:). It feels to me like there is revolution in the air. The divide between rich and poor seems so marked. They co-exist at the moment but it makes you wonder? It really does;(

The gig venue tonight is where poor Christina Grimmie got shot by an obsessed fan, and it’s only when it is drawn to my attention, that I realise how many mentions of guns we have, in this particular set. New dawn fades, Perfect Kiss, love Vigilantes, 1963, in particular. Our own fault, The Hacienda’s legacy I suppose;(

It’s a big hall this one, it goes well, not great, but we play tight and after a dedication to a new ‘Friend of Bill W.’ on New Dawn Fades we are done. Crawl to bed. Rest in peace Christina.

 CULTURE ROOMS, FT, LAUDERDALE 18/11/16

It is 10 years ago today that New Order split up, in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

I do wonder if they’ll ever get back together? But to be honest we are more at each other’s throats now than we were then;( Ah well, got a much better anniversary coming up on the 27th! Nice drive, and our driver is Keith who used to engineer at Amazon/Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. A lovely man, who came to Orlando, Florida to engineer a Deep Purple album for three months. It took 15! He met a girl and never went back. Can’t say I blame him, the place and the weather is lovely. Gig is great from start to finish. Fantastic.

 RITZ THEATRE, TAMPA

Another lovely drive! So strange watching the Alligators sunning themselves on the waterways by the side of the Freeway. We stop for a ‘Bojangles’ chicken dinner (on my recommendation) I thought it would bring back great memories of my first time in New York in 1980 when I lived on it for days (wonder if I put that in the book?) but today it is shit! Absolutely inedible! Good thing Terry Mason wasn’t here he would have been devastated. Meet Tony Mikaledes with his partner Mary for dinner, which is nice. Tony was a commercial/indie Dj in Manchester and then went into promotion, working for Island Records and Factory Records and managed my Revenge project for a short while. He has lived here for years and loves it. Ybor City District where we are is ‘Rockin’ with a great atmosphere. Another great gig from start to finish and we have great fun watching the trannies making there way to The Showbar next door (Chicks with Dicks our Crew used to call them;)!

ORANGE PEEL, ASHEVILLE.

Early morning and the two flights to get here wears us out.

Pottsy has still not got a passport, so is still travelling on his driving license, legal but gets that extra security from the TSA again. Today again, nearly every ‘Nook and Crannie’, poor devil. This is a nice place, very small town America, but can you believe it? Boasts the Moog Synthesiser factory. Robert Moog invented his synthesiser in the mid 60’s and the factory is still here in Asheville. Barney loved the Moog sound always has. From the first time Martin Hannett introduced us to via his old Moog Modular system for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album.

As soon as we got one ourselves in 1981, it was used to great effect on Power, Corruption and Lies, Blue Monday, Lowlife etc etc., and many, many others, I bet he still uses one today;) We have a lovely trip round the factory and it is great to see how many new ones are being manufactured and shipped. If your wondering why I look weird in the photos, it’s because I have my gym kit on….honest!

CAT’S CRADLE, CARRBORO.

Nice drive makes a lovely change. This is a lovely town and a great gig we have played a few times before. Tonight is no different and another ‘Sell out’ greets us very, very warmly. Gig goes very well from start to finish. We are getting very professional if I say so myself. Flying tomorrow so rush to bed for some much needed shuteye;)

 HOWARD THEATRE, WASHINGTON.

Short flight to another strange place for us, at the world famous 9.30 Club we first played as Revenge, then Monaco, then The Light twice, but never did well, not much reaction? So much so that we have not been back here for 5 years;(

Thankfully, tonight could not be more different. We smash it! This is a wonderful old theatre, which was used to for all the old soul acts, James Brown et al. Washington seems to have been gentrified since the last time we were here, in 2011, it was rough, which is strange for the Capital city but I am sure Trump will sort that out even more now eh readers?;) One thing he may never sort out is the Rats! My abiding memory ever since the 90’s at the 9.30 is that the place teemed with Rats, and tonight is exactly the same. As we smoke outside they are everywhere and fearless (No cracks about being in good company with the Politician’s, please). Sign for some lovely people outside and then back to bed.

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:39:42

Hookysblog

We are back in business!

Due to a combination of bad advice and bad management, peterhookprivatecollection has been closed down. Talk about a hard lesson, well we live and learn!

I will be getting a new web site shortly, but until then I will be putting the Blogs back up again, here.

Mail enquiries to Peter Hook, Suite 169, Court Hill House, 60, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AJ.

E-mail enquiries to peterhookenquiries@outlook.com, but be patient for replies on both please. Keep fighting, love Hooky ‘17  

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:38:10

USA/Canada Part:2

 SHOWBOX, SEATTLE

This town has such a great musical heritage it feels like Manchester in America. Lovely to see my old friend Claude Flowers, he is solely responsible for my first book: How Not To Run A Club and over the years has become a great friend. A dead funky hotel we always stay in here is called ‘THE MAX’, so if you’re in town give it a try. We grab a Japanese before the gig, meal I mean, and because the owner recognises me he refuses to take any money for the meal. I am very flattered, he then takes a photo for his wall of fame, where I am to be placed next to Arnold Schwartznegger….Fame indeed! Tonight’s gig is in a lovely hall near the waterfront.

Sadly we get some bad news. We’ve lost another friend in Manchester to depression. So sad, Karl was such a lovely man. R.I.P. MATE! Hopefully, peace at last! We send him on his way with Atmosphere, a faithful companion.

Gig goes great from start to finish. What can I say? Life goes on and we are Pro’s;)

THE WONDER BALLROOM, PORTLAND

This is another of my favourite venues. Sold Out Again! What is going on? Another flying visit but a great gig, the boys are playing wonderfully. Here we usually have two girls right on the front row, who cry all the way through the set, they have done every time we’ve played here. Tonight they are there again but this time …..don’t cry! I am delighted. Enough sadness. I’ve been running off after the gigs to try and get some good sleep in and realise I do disappoint some people who are after things signing. I can only apologise and ask for your understanding;)

 

THE FILMORE, SAN FRANCISCO

The first time I played here was with Monaco a long time ago, and remember one wonderful moment in the song Tender when I sang the vocal line from the chorus ‘In my mind I live in California’ and everyone sang along. It was great. Tonight I have all the audience singing along with me on every song. MINDBLOWING!

We are staying nearby in Japan-town and I have another lovely Japanese meal before the gig. The Filmore is very famous, founded by Bill Graham in the 60’s this venue seems to have had a virtual monopoly on gigs since then. Interestingly I have just finished the book on Altamont with the Rolling Stones, which Bill features in…a hair-raising tale. I recommend it highly!

The gig goes well although the stage is huge and the fold-back guy is struggling to sort it out. I’m ok but the boys are suffering and some tempers wear thin. This can be a problem area for any group but I have tried to instil in the lads that it isn’t the end of the world and to carry on regardless. DON’T PANIC MR. MAINWAIRING!

It works most of the time and tonight is one. Both sets go down great.

Thank you ‘Frisco.

I sneak out the front with my hood up and think I’ve got away with it for a couple of blocks until a fan grabs me by the arm at the traffic lights! Shit! I nearly have a bloody heart attack! Strangely we are in the same hotel we stayed in 20 years ago and it hasn’t changed a bit;( Good sleep, now off to…..

  

URBAN LOUNGE, SALT LAKE CITY

Much different architecture here than anywhere else I have seen in America. All the buildings are lovely and low, reminiscent of New Zealand actually with gorgeous weather, both warm and balmy.

Get to do the gym and my laundry so I am lovely and crisp for the gig. This is our smallest gig on the tour 425 cap, and because of it ‘Sold Out’ months and months ago. When I go out to play the audience really are in your lap. I get a young lady at the front to turn my lyric pages for me, she is that close! Very enthusiastic audience right from the start, and they love it, all the way through. It is so hot I am wet through, but worth it’s every bit of discomfort, it really is.

A wild night is had by all, thank you;)

 

HOUSE OF BLUES, SAN DIEGO

The last time we here it was Thanks giving and the place was deserted. Tonight is Election Night and couldn’t be more different. I won’t get involved in your politics, but I am a very interested onlooker. This has been a fascinating race, very bloody. Watching history like this unfold is spellbinding and a rare privilege. The gig goes well apart from one difficult character at the front. Who has to be removed, after that it’s fine. A few technical hitches and Jack loses a string but we soldier on and get a great result. Afterwards watching Trump win is wild. I am flabbergasted, but obviously full of hope for your future. As I leave I am locked in the venue and have to climb over a very high wall to get out? Hope it’s not a metaphor. Good luck;)

Wake up to a gorgeous day, 85 degrees. Plane is delayed by an hour and we have to refuel in Denver, making our 4 hour trip to Chicago nearly 7 hours….Phew!

METRO, CHICAGO

Different set tonight, we are doing both Joy Division albums: Unknown Pleasures and Closer. We have done our best to practice, which has been difficult on tour, but we are very confident. A near capacity crowd greets us and we do very well indeed, audience responds perfectly. We are joined again for a few numbers by Jack’s band mate from The Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Schroeder. Which works really well. A massive encore and we are done. Billy Corgan says hi, as does Irvine Welsh then Mr and Mrs. J. Shanahan, escort me home. We spend the time talking about our lovely children and how lucky we are they’re not like us;) How weird is that? I am very glad to get to bed I’m knackered. A very early start to Dallas.

 GRANADA THEATRE, DALLAS

Uneventful flight luckily, problem free. Dallas is another beautiful city and highly recommended. I go straight to bed knackered, Old man/Dad nap needed badly;)

The night is Sold Out! Again;) Goes great at the start, with the New Order set going down a storm and then on the JD set we have a few equipment problems, which are overcome soon, but knock us off our stride for a while. We pick it up at the end and acquit ourselves admirably. Thank you Texas.

 MOHAWK, AUSTIN.

Late start, and a nice drive to Austin with again, lovely weather. I have had a great time in this city ever since I first arrived in the early 80’s, mainly due to two locals, Kerry Jagger and Saxon, two great friends who are here again tonight. A great Mexican meal starts the night and The Mohawk, a wonderful open-air venue in the middle of town is packed. And guess what? Sold Out! Ha Ha;) Gig goes great! Fantastic audience goes nuts, from start to finish. I loved it. Crawl to bed, fooked;) Roll on New Orleans.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:58:08

Hookysblog

We are back in business!

Due to a combination of bad advice and bad management, peterhookprivatecollection has been closed down. Talk about a hard lesson, well we live and learn!

I will be getting a new web site shortly, but until then I will be putting the Blogs back up again, here.

Mail enquiries to Peter Hook, Suite 169, Court Hill House, 60, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AJ.

E-mail enquiries to peterhookenquiries@outlook.com, but be patient for replies on both please. Keep fighting, love Hooky ‘17  

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:56:12

USA/Canada 2 Part:1

ST. ANDREWS THEATRE, DETROIT.

 

Bar for Legends in the Airport….how civilised;)

Nice trip over with a newer plane, I was getting worried? Some of these transatlantic planes seem older than me!

After the usual mad scramble at the airport retrieving the gear, we are on our way. Sadly this time, for the first time in 6 years we are without Phil Murphy, my trusty right hand man, struck down with pneumonia from a dodgy AC unit, Phil is stuck at home….poor bugger!

Detroit is very run down and such a change from what I saw when I first came in 1983. The place was buzzing then, and I can remember the readout on the Freeway, which counted the number of cars made, millions of them, with a new one being added every second. Now that whole industry has all gone and most buildings and houses are boarded up. These houses are on sale, would you believe? For a dollar! The weather is like Manchester so we feel right at home.

St. Andrews is a lovely old hall and has been SOLD OUT for months…..Thank you! We have practiced at home so are quite confident, and sure enough we power through both sets. Great reception for both sets makes us very happy. Afterwards I marvel at the carved breadboard. Beautiful;)


The next day we make a pilgrimage to the Tamla-Motown Studio, I am a great fan. Have been since 1968 ‘ish when a Motown Chartbusters Volume ‘ 1 – 8’ was an essential prop for a walk anywhere. My favourites were Volume’s - 3 and 6. The tour of the studio was great, and to stand in the very spot where all the songs were recorded was magical, even if the place looked a lot like Suite 16, in Rochdale;) Berry Gordy is a genius. We were even shown the echo room in the roof that Martin Hannett ripped off for Joy Division’s production.

METRO, CHICAGO 1ST NIGHT

A great train ride, 6 hours brings us to Chicago and a very lively atmosphere greets. It has been 108 years since The Chicago Cubs have been in the World Series and just our luck that it would clash with our gig;( Some people were suggesting we cancel?) But it was not as easy as that….so we are off. We have Jimmy Schroeder from The Smashing Pumpkins joining us for the last 4 Joy Division tracks and he plays up a storm, really adding to the tracks. A cool-ish reception I thought, but I do find Chicago to be very loyal. Lovely to see my hero Joe Shanahan after the gig, he had been to the game and they had not won, sadly. Ah well….we can’t all be winners eh Cubs?

TURNER BALLROOM, MILWAUKEE

A great workout at the gym is weirdly followed by a slight sore throat, which by the evening is a full-blown head cold, shit! Shit! Shit! I worry about the gig and try and pace myself. Pottsy is ready to take over just in case;) I grab a lovely meaty meal for sustenance and it seems to work. This Ballroom is old and weathered beyond belief but gorgeous with it. Amazingly it goes really well, thank god! A great turnout SOLD OUT! And a great reception, with some great Halloween costumes in the audience, which made me smile a lot. Cheers! I rush to bed to recuperate!

 

FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS

Back in the air for this one, sadly;( Throat worse so I try not to talk, I feel rough now as well. Typically I don’t drink, exercise and eat well and I’m the only one who gets ill!!! What that says I do not know…Anyway, we first played here on the 29th June 1983 and did not go down very well as I remember;( Tonight is a different story thankfully, and both sets go down well, couple of scuffles but I keep an eye on it and they are soon over. We rightfully dedicate Atmosphere to Prince and before I know it I am back in bed. Goodnight! Get well soon.

 

THE VENUE, VANCOUVER

First early start is to Canada, and immigration (which can be difficult) but goes smoothly. I still feel rough and as a night off deserves a curry, so true to tradition we get a great one, quite rare outside of England I find. My throat is still bad but a haircut and a new Jack Reacher novel ‘Die Trying’ cheer me up. Cold and wet here, we have played this Venue a few times now but tonight is the wildest of all! As I enter a drunken girl sends me flying, banging into me whilst running into the audience at the start of the set. Then as the gig starts she is causing trouble all night, ending with smacking a guy in the nose with her bottle and giving him a bloody nose. She hides in the crowd but I see everything and when she starts banging in to more people, mainly men. She needs removing for her own safety….silly girl. After that we finish N.O. and move into J.D and the crowd go WILD! It is the best reception so far, my throat holds out, with just a few wavers and then we are done. As I walk to the rain drenched street of Vancouver, beautiful city by the way, I feel like Jack Reacher on another adventure….only with much, much more baggage. How we envy the simple life eh readers? Saying that I wouldn’t swop;) Feel slightly better I go to bed.

Back to America tomorrow.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:09:36

hookysblog
Web Site/Blogs Peter Hook
We are back in business!

Due to a combination of bad advice and bad management, peterhookprivatecollection has been closed down. Talk about a hard lesson, well we live and learn!

I will be getting a new web site shortly, but until then I will be putting the Blogs back up again, here.

Mail enquiries to Peter Hook, Suite 169, Court Hill House, 60, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AJ.

E-mail enquiries to peterhookenquiries@outlook.com, but be patient for replies on both please. Keep fighting, love Hooky ‘17  

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:07:02

UNITED STATES of AMERICA

Pottsy out of his box again!

WEBSTER HALL, NEW YORK 1ST.

Lovely to be back in America to premiere the Substance tour, today is Friday. The plane we flew over on must have been in service from the 70’s? You didn’t have to look out of the window you could just look out between the gaps in the bulkheads…..scary! Apart from that it was a nice flight over to Toronto to sort out the Merch for our tour. Then we make our way to N.Y.C, and sure enough landing in New York is wonderful to see still, but the traffic afterwards, is terrible;( Luckily our hotel is near the gig so I can walk to sound check and then after to the gig, which is great fun.

This really is a supercharged city, crackling with energy. This first night is nearly full and the atmosphere is superb. A great reception for New Order and again for Joy Division, quite balanced I thought. It is lovely to be here. Only problem I have is my transmitter for my guitar will not work??? And if I move more than 4 ft away from it the signal drops completely …so no bass. This really hampers me on stage, as I cannot go to the sides. What a bummer. I hate it;( I am thinking it’s the Bluetooth signal being overloaded or bounced back by everybody’s phone in the Hall). Shit! I struggle through feeling very immobile. Outside afterwards two English girls grab me and go to great lengths to tell me that,

‘It felt like Art. In fact it was Art.’ They chorus.

I am very flattered. It isn’t easy by any means, but The Light work so hard for me, and the music, that sometimes it feels it. Thank you boys!

WEBSTER HALL, NEW YORK 2Nd.

Back to the gym for me and a nice afternoon beckons. As I walk to the gig again, I marvel at how busy this town is. It is Saturday night and you can feel it in the air…..Hope and Life everywhere. Everything I see as I walk along reminds me of film after film, or series after series, Assault on Precinct 13, Kramer vs Kramer etc., Kojak to Sex and The City. Bonkers. The second night is better than ever as I start to relax a little. We have many new and old friends present which is lovely. A SELL OUT! crowd goes mental from start to finish, the bass is the same, meaning I cannot venture far from my transmitter, which is now really annoying me as I forgot to mention it to Phil. Afterwards he puts me in an Uber saying,

‘You can’t walk at this time it’s dangerous!’

Oh how I regret that. It took 25 mins to walk and in the cab 75mins? As I drag myself to bed tired out (then can’t sleep because of the adrenaline/Jet lag) I think how lucky I am. Thank you God.

Up early, a bit bleary eyed but so are the others, and we get join the crawl to JFK for our flight to…..

 

THE WILTERN, LOS ANGELES.

 I love L.A, always have, ever since the first time we came in 1981 and Bruce Willis stopped in his Mercedes 500 to let us cross Sunset Boulevard. What a place! It is totally ridiculous but great fun. The Wiltern on Wiltshire is a wonderful old theatre, very well kept and still beautiful inside and out.

Huge and ‘Sold Out’ again, what is going on??? I am very proud. Tonight my old mucker Moby is on board singing Ceremony and Transmission.

He seems very relaxed indeed, and both songs go off without a hitch. Afterwards I meet a young girl absolutely covered in tattoos, all of Joy Division. She is very young and proudly rolls her sleeve up to show me…..my signature??? Tattooed on her arm from when I signed it in 2013. WOW!

I am amazed by our fan’s devotion, I really am. It is humbling.

I get to see some great old friends while I am here, and learn some very interesting things about New Odour. But hey, let’s not go there;) Let’s keep it light, no pun intended;)

 

SAN ANTONIO

A nice flight down to San Antonio, which has just been flooded and our Hotel smells like it too. It stinks of damp and humidity. The gig is a funky old club but quite small but has been SOLD OUT! for months, and as the evening and my old friend Kerry Jagger appears, the place is packed, and amazingly both sides, left and right, open out to let in more people. We play very well and it is as hot as hell. I help a woman out with some water at the front of the stage for her young daughter, eventually I have to bring them both up on stage for the rest of the set, it is simply too boisterous at the front. Afterwards as we chat, she tells me she had been to see New Odour recently and her daughter had thrown up at their gig! I am lost for words, but take it as a compliment;)

CAFÉ IGUANA, MONTEREY, MEXICO.

 

A nice flight sees us in Mehico again, and Monterey is a very American city. Sold out tonight and it does not disappoint. A very enthusiastic audience love New Order then devour Joy Division. Fantastic.

 JOSE CUERVO PEPSI HALL, MEXICO CITY.

Nice to see our old friend Hector.

Mexico City is proving to be a fantastic place for us to play, simply because of the adoration of Joy Division. It seems the most searched for group on the internet in Mexico City is the Manchester Post Punk Pioneers….Hooray! Hence all the bootleg merchandise stalls outside the venue. Like a little village of illicit merch!

The venue is huge and we are told The Stone Roses played 3 weeks ago and got 5000 people. Tonight we get 4600! I am delighted. The New Order section goes well but The Joy Division set goes down bonkers….It is  amazing! I am flabbergasted. I tear off into the night as the last chord of L.W.T.U.A. is still ringing in my ears, smiling like a lunatic. I had spent the day jogging round the city and it is such a delightful place, the people are lovely. I am amazed that American’s are so scared of the place;(

GUADALAJARA


After last night we are really looking forward to playing here, but typically after the fantastic high of last night we are due a low. The lads have trouble from the moment they get into the venue. A dangerous stage, a P.A. company that normally does weddings, complete with a dangerous generator, terrible backline hire gear, no security, no promoter etc, etc.,

Phil phones me to tell me how bad it is going and worrying about not only our safety but also the audiences. No one at the venue seems to know how many tickets have been sold and Phil takes the heart breaking decision to pull the gig;( What a shame. We are devastated. We were having such a great time too. A quiet night beckons and then we make the long journey home on two of the oldest planes I have ever been on since coming out here. Blooming hell what’s going on?

 


I arrive home and go into 10 days of book promotion, which was hard going.

Me an Bunny

Talking is so much more difficult than playing. It wears you out, it really does.

 

me and ken

With a bit of promotion for The Hacienda Classical thrown in.

It’ll be soon time to come back to America;)

Cheers Hooky’ 16;)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:09:08

SUBSTANCE’S, THE BEGINNING!

BARROWLANDS GLASGOW.

The first gig for The Substance shows begins in one of the warmest places I know for Manchester music…..Glasgow!

Ever since I began visiting in the early 80’s I have watched the relationship grow stronger and stronger, something we don’t share with Edinburgh sadly, that relationship is much cooler. In the early days the gigs were on Saucciehall Street at Tiffany’s then in the 90’s, as our popularity grew, we moved to Barrowlands with New Order through to headlining at the Glasgow Appollo etc., we have had some wonderful time’s in this place, and some not so wonderful, and tonight is a great one. Strange seeing just my name over the door, but here with The Light and I am very happy. Nervous looks all round in the dressing room beforehand, and even though we have practiced hard we are still worried. Still remember what Lou Reed said,

‘If you don’t get nervous you shouldn’t be doing it!’

I am with you Lou. Stage time arrives all too soon for this marathon and we are off. New order Substance goes well, just a few nervous ticks. Then the Joy Division Substance goes down an absolute storm. I must admit I didn’t expect that? I was thinking it would be the other way round…ah well! I’m not complaining. Both were very well received, and that is all that matters.

The boys are bussing it so I retire for a quiet night at the hotel. A lovely day the next day brings a lovely drive home and even greater news is spotting the speed camera van before it gets me!  Ha!

Marauding Scotch Geese!

 

THE APPOLLO, MANCHESTER.

 I am fine until I arrive and great to see Sarge on the Stage Door. He is now the longest serving musical legend in Manchester. Then I get really, really nervous! We have many friends here tonight which is lovely. I had a request from my Doctor Hew Jones asking if his son William could play with us, just for one song! So in true Jimmy Saville fashion, well not true Jimmy Saville fashion (that doesn’t bear thinking about) he will join us for Transmission on guitar. (I mean let’s face it you can’t argue with your Doctor can you? Especially at my age;)

Doors come round all too soon and as we get on stage it’s weird to see it full of people. The first time I stood on this stage was in 1979 when we supported The Buzzcocks, and blew them off every night (musically of course;)! It has shrunk a bit since then, or I’ve got bigger? More probably the latter.

The gig goes great, a little cool at first, after all this is Manchester. The home of Indie music, but by Joy Division we storm it. It’s amazing to think that when New Order re-convened in 2000 we had the record for the biggest ever guest list in The Appollo’s history….over a thousand people! We lost money on our comeback gig! Start as you mean to go on eh;) I am so relieved when it’s over and it’s great to see my brother Chris, and his wife here along with loads of great old mates, all moved to tears would you believe. I suppose we have all been living this nightmare together for the last 5 years and to break through and become so successful in our right is fantastic. I brave ‘The Aftershow’ for a while but it really is too much….I am knackered. Head home very happy, and grab a few hours sleep before heading down to our next BIG test….London.

 KENTISH TOWN FORUM, LONDON.

  The big smoke! I hardly spend any time here these days which is such a contrast to how it used to be in the 90’s….We practically lived there. My Groucho’s bills were enormous. So nice to be in the Swiss Cottage Holiday Inn again, where New Order did Republic, whereMonaco did both albums, Music for Pleasure and Monaco,  and ending up with us living here for months on end. I saw United win ‘The Triple’ here, both Bex and I in tears of joy. Jessica used to run up and down the corridors, burning off her youthful energy. They had modernised the downstairs, but when you get out of the lift on the floors it is exactly the same as it was. The 70’s décor gives me the weirdest Déjà vu feeling ever. 

A short trip to the gig for sound check, to iron out a few wrinkles, and lovely to be joined by Arthur Baker for a spot of Dj-ing, great to see him. Nervously I await the start (thank you Lou!) Then we are off. I enjoy it more than Manchester (home turf and all that). We get a great ‘Sold Out’ reception for both Substances, with Joy Division again, seeming to go down the best. I wonder why? I rush off into the night and a quick drive home.

This wasn’t the gig tonight by the way;)

Thank you all.

Hooky ‘16

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:42:32

ITALY 18th AUGUST 2016, LECCE AND GIULIANOVA.

Anfiteatro Romano, Lecce.

 

I leave at 6.30a.m from Manchester, Two very pleasant flights with plenty of spare seats, making it very comfortable. You always feel so lucky when this happens. It’s a beautiful morning, which I spend relaxing, watching the sunrise and arrive in Brindisi on a gorgeous day.

Half an hour drive later and I am in Lecce, a lovely southern Italian city. We play tomorrow so an early night beckons. Lovely to see the boys in the morning, and  a nice quiet day, then after hitting the gym to ready myself for the evening, a TOP dinner. The boys are very gushing about the venue saying, ‘Wait until you see it Hooky!’

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When we arrive I see what they mean. It is a sunken stone amphitheatre dating from Roman times, complete with ruins (including me! Ha ha!), weirdly all surrounded by office blocks dating from the early fascist era, it really is a strange spectacle. I keep waiting for the lions to be let in. 

I had been reading an article earlier about how a blind, deaf man in an empty room, can sense when a lion enters. I thought it was amazing and was spouting off to the lads about how interesting this was, when Pottsy pipes up,

‘Yeh, he’d smell it!’ he laughed, ‘Lions stink!’

Ah well, back to the drawing board.  

The gig is sold out but the crowd are a bit reserved for the ‘New Order Songs’ support set. Ah well! Can’t win them all!

I.C.B.

Love Vigilantes

K.W.1

Way of Life

Everything’s Gone Green

Perfect Kiss

Age of Consent

 So I wonder what will happen on the main event???

I needn’t have. A huge set of Joy Division songs ensues, which goes down very, very well. The band play fantastically from start to finish, the sound is great and even the summer rain can’t beat the humidity, both drenching us all from start to finish. As we round off with Atmosphere (dedicated to Alan Wise ‘Impressario Extraordinaire’) and a trio of our hits. It has been a great success. I spend what seems like hours, signing anything and everything and get back to the hotel very happy and tired.

This picture in the lift reminds me of the Technique album cover. 

What do you think?

Moments later, I hit the pillow and sleep.

 Disorder Festival, Guilanova

 The next day a grizzly 5 hour drive gets us to Guilanova, and a lovely country hotel awaits. The rooms are a bit dingy but the rest, as per usual, is gorgeous and we marvel as the courtyard is transformed into a wonderful venue for an engagement party this evening. It really is beautiful. It seems in Italy the engagement is as important as the wedding itself, it is called the ‘Parole’.

We have a lively discussion about that meaning on the way to the gig. Tonight’s gig is spectacular too, right in the town centre square, next to a huge church. In fact the dressing rooms are in the church itself. Tonight’s concert is dedicated to a young man called Lorenzo who sadly died at 21 and his family have done some fantastic works for the town in his memory. It is lovely as all the family, mum, dad, brothers and sister, all make lovely speeches in his memory. The event came about because Lorenzo was a huge Joy Division fan and his mother had a dream where Lorenzo met a member of the band. She then convinced the Town Council to put us on.

How cool is that?

The family are lovely and the sister has two tattoos one of Unknown Pleasures on her arm and the Closer sleeve on her back.  I am humbled. The set up is great and as I start to play think, ‘Wow! My bass sounds great!’ But then, two songs in everything, goes wrong. The foldback is going in and out, Jack’s bass keeps cutting out, over and over again. We have to leave the stage while it is fixed and unfortunately anything like that really throws you off, such a shame.

We struggle through and get it back together again for Unknown Pleasures, but the sound on stage gets worse and worse. It could not be more different to last night if it tried. The end is played well and the crowd reaction is fantastic, thank god. After another marathon signing session we thank the family and literally, head for the hills, where a full-blown Italian karaoke session awaits us. I struggle to bed at 2a.m and have real trouble getting to sleep, with weird, weird dreams all night. As 7.30 looms am I knackered but in very good company as everyone else is exactly the same. Another 3 hours in the bus to Rome Airport takes in the worlds longest tunnel, 10km long, and it stinks. Vueling flight home is turbulent all the way….urgh!  

Gratzi Italia, love Hooky, ’16.

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:31:25

Web Site/Blogs Peter Hook

We are back in business!

Due to a combination of bad advice and bad management, peterhookprivatecollection has been closed down. Talk about a hard lesson, well we live and learn! 

I will be getting a new web site shortly, but until then I will be putting the Blogs back up again, here. 

Mail enquiries to Peter Hook, Suite 169, Court Hill House, 60, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AJ.

E-mail enquiries to peterhookenquiries@outlook.com, but be patient for replies on both please. Keep fighting, love Hooky ‘17   

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:15:37

Oct / Nov 2015 - Madrid / Barcelona / Manchester / Brighton / Shine On Weekender

ARENA, MADRID

LOST SIRENS AIRPORT

One of my favourite cities in the world and a top DJ haunt of mine for years. I would DJ here every couple of months, going on at 5 in the morning and finishing at 7.30am, and there would still be a queue to get in! I could never figure out when they slept.

We are playing Joy Division’s two LP’s tonight and it’s a great warm up for our ‘Sold Out’ Manchester show;) We are in a weird Hotel again tonight, a 4**** but strangely decorated and a bit out of this world (this is getting to be a bit of a habit). A nice afternoon and a Mackie D’s is welcome. Then it’s…..SHOW TIME!

It’s great to see the boys again and we are all fired up. Everything goes very well, a great crowd too, very enthusiastic. We relax afterwards and chew the fat. I do miss them. At the hotel we chat for a while then the boys go out to party and me being the old timer that I am, go to bed. Up at quite a humane hour for our trip to Barca, nice flight.

RAZZAMATAZZ 2, BARCELONA.

This is where I actually began my DJ’ing career with Mani in 2004. It was a great night.

I threw myself into DJ’ing with great relish and drank my way through it for a year or so until it all came crashing down on top of me. Razzamatazz, Barcelona was my initiation (see The Hacienda book for the full story). Tonight we are in a very Hotel nearby and The Sultan of Miami takes me out for a Pizza. It is lovely to see him. The gig is in the big room and we have over a 1000 people. It is great from start to finish. This bodes very well for our ‘Sold Out’ concert in Manchester;) Of which I am very proud (just in case you couldn’t tell:).

ACADEMY 25TH ANNIVERSARY, MANCHESTER (SOLD OUT;).

Bollocks! I came back from Barca with a sore throat and cough that got steadily worse all week. I am very nervous today, my throat is really dodgy (steady!), but saying that I always am when we play at home. I do my level best to divert my thoughts by going to the gym and walking the dog. But I can put it off no longer and head down to The Academy. Nice to see Sarge and Family, who pay us a short but sweet, visit.

I have seen so many bands in this venue over the years. It was also the scene of the first Hacienda re-union run by Oliver Wilson (that started the whole bloody thing going again with the great result that after 13 years of not caring about The Hacienda at all, suddenly I was involved in running it again while ‘The Others’ seethed from a distance, no change there). I always am amazed by how lovely the backstage is in these venues, how civilised. I expect them to be rancid like in ‘The Old Days!’ We are really spoilt now…thank god.

POOR OLD ESCORTS!

Everything seems fine and a lot of friends turn out to wish us well. First set (New Order) goes well but I can really feel it in my throat, so I hit the old ‘Sandersons Specific’ which is flaming horrible but works and I get through the three sets very well. Sit with Andy Poole later. I tell him about my throat and he says, ‘Funny that I had it in Barcelona!’ I wish they’d tell me these things so I could stay away from them, ah well. Strange looking at such a huge amount of heads from the stage. We started here in Manchester at The Factory 251, celebrating Joy Division to 400. To look out on over 3000 is a great compliment to all the members of Joy Division.

Thank you Manchester. Love Hooky ‘15

CONCORDE, BRIGHTON

Nice long drive to the coast is spoilt by sitting on the M25 for hours and then all the way to Brighton is heavy, heavy traffic. How do people put up with this every day? It would drive me bananas! I like this venue and I love Brighton. Ever since we first played here in 1981 in a tiny pub just near ‘REVENGE’ the disco (nice name;). I have always fancied living here, listening to the tales of Primal Scream and The Levellers mad partying days, culminating with my mad mate Russell tying Churchy (Monaco’s bass player) to the Old Pier with Gaffa tape for chatting up his girlfriend, then leaving him there and going back to the party for a day. I have a sea view in the hotel, which is better than it sounds on this rather grim and windy day.

The night rushes in… and before we know it…were on!

My throat is still suffering so I hammer the “Sandersons Specific’. Nice to be back on ‘Lowlife’ and ‘Brotherhood’ and accompanying singles, tonight. I hear New Odour have also dug up ‘Lonesome Tonite’? I can’t wait to hear the ‘new stamp’ that pompous twat puts on my basslines! What a thing to say? What a twat! God help us…have some respect boy! Did your mother teach you no manners!  

End the night talking with some friends of Kehoe’s, and as they leave I find out one of them is Steve Harley’s (from Cockney Rebel) son. One of my favourite groups ever. I wish I’d have known;( Ah well, retire and enjoy the sea-view for ten minutes before a long drive down the coast to Butlin’s Minehead.

SHINE FESTIVAL, BUTLINS MINEHEAD, SOMERSET.

A long drive again, but very picturesque. On arrival I am in awe of the beautiful coastline. Who would have thought it? I have to spend the whole afternoon writing my defence papers for the New Order case, which ruins my afternoon, but the view is lovely… hey ho! The hotel is gorgeous too. Now I use to work at Butlin’s at Clacton- on-sea when I was 17. Me and my mates went to see ‘That’ll be the Day’ starring David Essex and were so impressed by his adventures we all promptly gave up our jobs to work at Butlin’s. My mother was devastated. She never forgave me.

We even had a very dramatic and tearful farewell scene at Mosley Street Bus Station in Manchester, all our girlfriends wailing at us (My mother didn’t come). An 8-hour coach trip, we were amazed it took so long, but none of us had a bloody clue where Clacton was? We thought it was in South Wales. I worked in the kitchens, and the whole place was wild, really rough and ready.

We were terrified and after a catalogue of scary adventures quit after 2 weeks, coming home with our tails firmly between our legs.

It’s lovely to see Rowetta and Bez and the group line up on the festival is great. Nearly the whole of Manchester’s history is here. We get on and Andy Poole disappears? So I think we’ll do DIGITAL but every time I start the riff my bass rig cuts out. My radio pack is Bluetooth, so tends to work fine in sound check but when every one turns up for the gig with their Bluetooth on, sends it crazy. Eventually Andy appears and when a few sound issues are sorted, we settle down very well and blister our way through a great set. An hour flies by and now we have the drive home.

Takes me two hours to get back, and I very satisfyingly text the others to brag.

Thank you Butlin’s, Minehead and all the happy campers!

Love Hooky ‘15

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:23:36

October 2015 - Southend / Southampton / Leamington Spa

Just for information:

The appointment with Dr.Funk went very well.

I was a little held up going in by the guy before me, Joe Hart, City’s goalkeeper (hopefully good news for United eh?). The good doctor tells me I have a calcium build up on my shoulder socket, so my ligaments are being dragged over two rice grain sized chunks of Calcium. At night the fluid build up is murder. The Ultrasound shows them quite clearly and I am taken in to have the procedure, a bavadage. First the anaesthetic is given them a lovely young lady goes in with a knife or spoon or something, and scrapes/chips off the Calcium removing as much as possible. I don’t feel a thing and that night, have my first unbroken sleep for months (apart from wee’s that is. Old age is a bastard). The next day is a little tender but ok, quite a lot of movement already so fingers crossed x. 

TIME FOR A CHANGE OF CAREER. I WISH I’D GOT ‘O’ LEVEL CHEMISTRY

Chinnery’s,  Southend.

The traffic was bad all the way here. My Sat-nav predicted 4 hours and it took nearly 7. By that time I had consumed a bag of fruit pastilles, bag of Revels, 2 protein bars, 1 Picnic, 3 bottles of water, 1 red bull and 2 coffees, then a bag of wine gums and 2 bags of crisps. Radio 4 had gone in to loop, no wonder I felt rough. I love Southend it reminds me of how Blackpool used to be. Again this is our 4th time here, playing the 5th and 6th Lp’s. A nice crowd but a shaky start, the stage is weirdly long and thin, so Jack seems to be right off on one side. Everything goes well in the end and a fine performance ensues. Fank you Sarfend!  

The Brook, Southampton.

Another long, long drive to Southampton, with another lousy hotel.

It’s 4 **** but you would expect Basil Fawlty to appear at any minute. It has really creaky floorboards so it sounds like the guy above is practicing his Zumba for fucks sake, so no old man’s nap for Hooky. Here I am given a lovely cake at the gig, by a friend of Fat Alex’s, in the shape of my guitar ‘VIKING’. It is lovely and I am looking forward to having a large chunk after the show (Cake: The last resort of the recovering alcoholic). This is a nice space and a sold out crowd are excellent from start to finish. God doing the blogs on these gigs gets a bit repetitive. I almost wish something could go wrong so I can write about it. No such luck. We are getting way, way too good as an outfit.

Nice to sit down for cake and a non-alcoholic beer with the lads after.

I miss them. Back to ‘Tautly Flowers’ and it’s not too bad. I only hear our dancing friend about 8. Breakfast is good thankfully, then it’s on the way to the last date of this tour….

ASSEMBLY HALLS, LEAMINGTON SPA.

‘Feel like I’ve been here before….It feels like I’ve been here before’ As the song goes… and I have. On the way in a bloke introduces me to his son, ‘It’s his first gig ever. He’s a gig virgin! I thought you were perfect for him’ He says. I’m flattered I have never taken a young boy’s virginity before!  Hey steady on ….no Jimmy Saville cracks;) I hope he enjoyed it.

Tammy Wynette’s Caravan is still in the dressing room and the Dalek standing guard always reminds me of Steve’s gaff in Macc, sadly. The last gig is always a bit weird and three weeks have flown by, but it isn’t long before Spain, so on we go. It goes well again, the acoustic songs from ‘Brotherhood’ are great tonight. It always takes a while to get those tight. The interplay is all important! A nice long encore makes Jack happy and then I blast off into the night. My radar detector is very busy all the way home.

Take care, love Hooky ‘15

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:01:54

Sept 2015 - Glasgow, Hull, Nottingham

ARTS SCHOOL, GLASGOW

A lovely trip …‘Oop north’ on a beautiful day.

We have always had great gigs in this wonderful city and I am hoping tonight is no exception. The affinity between Manchester and Glasgow has been writ large for many, many years. This is a very arty venue, how can I tell? By the Classical trio and assorted Tranvestites I pass on the stairs on the way in. High stage gives a very good view and I get a flashback to Glasgow Apollo supporting the Buzzcocks in 1979.

I was confronted with the highest stage I have ever seen in my life (still is).

Even as a young punk I daren’t venture to that edge. I was terrified. Not too bad tonight. The audience is good, very reserved at first and I can feel it was tentative on stage. By the end they are eating out of our hands. As I walk into the night the link is still as strong as ever and I am delighted to include Glasgow in our BIG future plans for 2016.

CITY HALL, HULL

Quite a long trip over to Hull, with a lot of traffic, takes me hours, with only a rushed trip to Greggs (Love it!) on the motorway to break it up. Hull has gone up in my estimation since my return to gigging in 2010 and is now a welcome stop. Shit Hotel unfortunately, the one in the old station building is the only problem. Talk about needing a refit, Jesus… it needs a total bloody rebuild. I think ‘Sod it!’ I’ll drive home. The gig is our only seated venue on this tour and is a lovely old theatre in great condition, both backstage and front being very well looked after. I prefer the seated ones but Jack hates them, I feel if I were a fan I would rather have the option? Age I suppose. We play okay but it doesn’t feel great. I have a problem with my shoulder, which is giving me great pain when I raise my arm and it’s really screwing up my arm-waving exhibition (I’m hoping to get a part time job parking aeroplanes:). Truly I am suffering badly, I have had to stop weightlifting and it’s really disturbing my sleep, so tonight it could be just me. I am delighted to say I have an appointment with Doctor Funk (a shoulder specialist) soon. Doctor Funk! ….how cool is that? Something I’ve always wanted to say;)

It goes well, and in the end there is a sizeable contingent down the front, growing bigger with every number, dancing away. It ends well and I head straight into the night with the trip home flying by with a long phone call from Ken Niblock (hands free of course) right from start to finish…..hilarious!…Great bloke.

Nice to be home.

RESCUE ROOMS, NOTTINGHAM.

Another long drive even though as the crow flies it’s not far. The fun of driving is fast diminishing and I’ve got 11 points so I have to be very careful (I blame Mercedes).

This venue feels like another old friend and has great staff. Tonight feels much better performance wise and nice to see Fat Alex going for it again. Tonight I am enjoying a new non-alcoholic beer called ‘Bernard’ of all things, no cheap cracks about it’s bitterness or the fact that it gives great head etc, honest. But unlike it’s namesake is rather well disposed towards me….very nice indeed. I recommend him highly, the beer that is (available from the info@alcoholicfree.co,uk). 

Gig goes great from beginning to end but is rather odd for me because the space round the mike stand is lower than the rest of the stage, like a trap door lid, and I spend the whole gig convinced I am going to disappear down under the stage at some point, like in a pantomime (I suppose I really should get some practice in, you never know?;) Drive home is quiet….no Ken tonight so all’s quiet.  

Love Hooky ‘15

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 04:50:10

Sept 2015 - Derby / Gloucester / Holmfirth

I have been doing a ‘Blog’ for over 12 years now. It started with a suggestion by my agent. 

The idea being to give fans an insight into what went on ‘behind the scenes’ as well as being my diary and my personal opinion about what was happening in my life. Recently there has been a strange turn of events.

Eight years after the band agreed to split, I suddenly find myself cast as the pantomime villain in the fairy story of its rebirth.

Greetings to all at Turner Parkinson.

THE VENUE, DERBY

I had just arrived at Derby for our first gig of the ‘Lowlife/Brotherhood Tour and some guys about to tow my car away. Luckily they relented. That would have been an awful start to the tour wouldn’t it?

Thank you to Team Hooky for making an appearance. I was touched I really was, I didn’t know what to say…I hope you got the T shirt? It’s support like that I sorely need at this very difficult time.  I have been accused of many, many awful things.

Things, which I consider to be lies…in my opinion etc., Mojo magazine happily printed a retraction. Then we had Q and when I phoned to congratulate that particular journalist on a right proper ‘stitch up’, he said, ‘Sorry you feel that way Peter.’ I could smell the smirk.

Then The Sun and it’s….‘Hooky said we couldn’t do it! We did!’

 Said what?

 I never said anything of the sort. All I said was that in my opinion you are not New Order and never will be. You have all made records of your own, so collectively it should be a doddle to make another record. I’m not stupid. I will say one thing….for the life of me I cannot see why the Journalists compare ‘M.C.S’ to ‘Technique’? I just do not hear it? ‘Technique’ has warmth, a summery vibe, a passion and feel to it that ‘M.C.S’, even though well produced, glossy and sparkly, still lacks warmth and feels two-dimensional, too programmed…like it has something missing…a big something.

Lazy journalism? Definitely! 

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I was also accused by Andrew Greenhalgh in The Evening news as needing New Odour more than they needed me? I found that really annoying, but then I thought about it…… and in fact I think you’ll find that the statement is true for all of us, Barney and Steve and Gillian, and definitely for ‘the other two’ tossers,  none of us have been bigger outside New Order than in.

So I worked it out …I will have been a musician for 40 years on Jun 4th 2016. 22 years with New Order and 18 years without, pretty close to 50/50 Andrew so on second thoughts…. FUCK YOU TOO! And I’ll tell you one thing mate… you need musicians much more than they need you. 

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I even got blamed in more than one paper for the fallow or lost ‘Guitar Years’ in which it seems we put out some really sub-standard guitar stuff according to The Observer and Q? Which is not true either….CRYSTAL….60 MPH….VICIOUS STREAK….PRIMITIVE NOTION…RUN WILD…..KRAFTY…..WAITING FOR THE SIREN’S… ‘TURN’…’ I’LL SAY WITH YOU’…’RECOIL’…’CALIFORNIA GRASS’…are great songs and the worst, in my opinion…JETSTREAM…wasn’t ‘Guitary’ either. A little bit of band wagon jumping here methinks.

I keep waiting for the mob to break down the door with their pitchforks and flaming torches. I feel like Quasimodo in the bloody bell tower.

‘The Guitar’s ….The Guitar’s’.  

I should be flattered by the attention, I really should.

Another review said they would even have to rewrite the ‘bands members at each other’s throats make the best music’ theory because now New Order are New Odour, and we’ve split, and they have made a great (in their opinion) album. The truth is we are at each other’s throats more now than we were when we were together!

I just wish this whole bloody thing had never happened. It could have been handled so much better in Sept 2011, with no need for any of this bloody malarkey.

In a parallel universe there is a band who began something magical together, changed the world, then stopped working together 31 years later and now respect each other as individuals and musicians, treating each other with empathy and dignity in their quest to enjoy their rest of their lives enjoying their true vocations ……how I envy them!  

But as they say, “No press is bad press’.

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Back to The Venue, Derby.

We were all nervous to say the least, it has been a while since we’d concentrated on the LP’s ‘LOWLIFE’ and ‘BROTHERHOOD’. A couple of practice’s brought it all rushing back and listening to the tunes I realised again, just how bloody good some of these songs are….’Elegia’ ‘Subculture’ ‘Way of Life’ ‘Every Second Counts’…some absolute classics and that’s just ‘Brotherhood’.

Much more classic than some current records I could mention (Stop it Hooky. Ed!)

So on we go…..and it was great. Few bum notes and missing lyrics, but the lads showed spirit, enthusiasm and a joy for the music lacking from so many groups these days (OI! Ed);) As I sped home I smiled beatifically. Roll on Gloucester.

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GUILDHALL, GLOUCESTER

Another lovely part of England, a nice drive down sees us ready for another great gig.

A lovely old theatre is full of memories of ‘The Unknown Pleasures Speaking Tour’ with Howard Marks, amongst other things. Howard is now very ill with cancer but still carries on with great spirit, Nice older crowd took a bit of warming up but by the end it was fierce and I thank you all.

PICTUREDOME, HOLMFIRTH, DERBYSHIRE.

A nice return to another beautiful old theatre rescued from development. It’s quite strange coming and doing it again with these two albums, making 6 albums performed here and in many of these venues. These gigs are becoming like old friends. A ‘SELL OUT’ show and the crowd went nuts from beginning to end. It felt like I was back in New Order for a minute there (without the angst I must say). The highlight of the evening was finding out that the SKY controller in the dressing room was for the bar downstairs, which was packed with people waiting to watch the Rugby. I did what any self respecting Rock ‘n’ Roller would do….switched it to BABE STATION XXX, locked the door and went onstage. We could hear the protest from onstage…but hey mischief is my middle name, ask The Troll;)

Love Hooky x ‘15

Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:21:38

Rewind Festival, Victorious Portsmouth & Bingley Live - Aug / Sept 2015

Rewind Festival, Henley, England

I was asked to partake in this particular venture by Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 fame. Our paths have crossed many times over the years and indeed our groups are both considered Northern Musical Pioneers. Sheffield was very important to New Order in that without Cabaret Voltaire’s help and encouragement when we needed it most, encouraging us to demo in their studio there when we were very downhearted. It does make me wonder what might have happened to us? Whether we would have carried on, or come back at all? 

Anyway, Martyn puts together a group for ‘Rewind Festival’ called B.E.F (British Expeditionary Force) featuring singers/instrumentalists from all over the world. It was very flattering to be asked and the idea was to pick two tracks. One that summed up a high point in your career and another track that you just loved, we could then sing and play both with the B.E.F. I chose ‘L.W.T.U.A.’ for obvious reasons, and ‘The Passenger’ by Iggy Pop (Strangely enough Barney used to always try and get us to play it as New Order but I could never master the bass line but I can sing it;)

Martyn did a backing track so the band had an anchor (which sounded great) and there was to be a rehearsal on Saturday then the gig on Sunday. I was definitely out of my comfort zone, at once both terrified and very excited.

The rehearsal went well and it was here I got to see who else was performing with me, I had never asked.

Roger Scott from the group ‘M’ and ‘Pop Musik’ fame,

Thomas Dolby, ‘They Blinded Me With Science’,

Eddie Reader, Fairground Attraction ‘Perfect’,

Shingai Shoniwa from The Noisettes, and me the token rocker.  

Glenn Gregory also from Heaven 17 singing their single ‘Temptation’ and then an ensemble performance of “Perfect Day’ …. Gulp! This really was a mixed bunch and I went to bed that night (after a curry, you cannot get a good one in Majorca) wondering what the hell I’d let myself in for? What exactly the set would be like? never mind the reception!

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The next day at the festival site, I was regaled with many tales of Lily Allen and Oasis…Wild… while I whiled away the hours. A quick look round the dressing room doors revealed I was really in great 80’s company. Banarama, The Human League, The Specials, Soul to Soul, the list was endless, a real trip down memory lane.

As we all waited to go on it was lovely to see Rusty Egan (Rich Kids) again, we used to have so many adventures together in London in the early 80’s at The Embassy Club with Richard Jobson, Killing Joke etc., Great days! The story about the 4 whores in a mini still made him shudder now (See Power, Corruption and Lies…Inside New Order, for details)

Everyone was so nervous. It was strange to witness. As I waiting Carol Dekker from T’Pau (China in my Hand) was very nice telling me how much she loved New Order and played it in the kitchen at home,

‘I dance through the washing up.’ She said. A lovely woman. It soon came to me and before I knew it I was off and on, a great audience reaction and despite being almost dragged on by the girls, stood ‘Perfect Day’ out. I just could not imagine that with my bass on. As we went to do some interviews afterwards I was sat next to Thomas Dolby on the buggy and said, ‘Hi not seen you since 1984 when you played The Hac.’

‘Ditto’ he said, ‘I hear you fell out with ‘The Others’.

‘Sadly’ said I.

‘Use of the name and money I expect?’ said he.

‘Got it in one’. It is that predictable?

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Anyway, a quiet trip back to the sun and then I leave Majorca alone, driving back to England. A nice ferry journey to Barcelona left me with a few hours to motor on before I needed to plot up for the night. I was headed for Toulouse but the Sat-Nav had other ideas and decided to avoid ALL major roads and at one point hours later on a ‘D’ road in the middle of The Pyrenees I came across a white wolf sat in the middle of the very narrow road (This is my second one? I wonder if it’s a sign?). He looked at me as if to say, ‘What the fuck are you doing here Hooky?’

I looked back at him thinking exactly the same thing. Hours later I stumbled into France nowhere near Toulouse, when I finally found a sign it said Pau? The bloody Sat-Nav had taken me To Pau???

I blame you Carol Dekker.

I made it safely home though don’t worry;)

 Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

I finish my exodus with a Ferry from Cherbourg to Portsmouth. It was murder at Calais going out I didn’t want to go through that again.  As we sail in I can see the Festival site from the boat, very impressive from the water. Tomorrow we are in great company…Ray Davies…Primal Scream…Magic Numbers…Flaming Lips..Tinie Tempah… etc etc.

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The next day I meet up with a few old mates backstage which is really nice…Hi Craig. It’s pouring down and feels very much like England, it is nice to be home indeed. We play and it’s great, the boy’s are on fire and it’s great to have Jack back. It flies by even in the rain and then time to head off back to Manc. A nice long journey gets me back to that full English feeling.

Bingley Festival, Bingley, North Yorkshire

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Spend all week sorting myself out, two months is a long time away. I notice that the members of New Odour just cannot leave me alone. I am flattered especially after 8 bloody years. Have to answer many false accusations…. which I won’t do here…Relax Turner Parkinson! The architecture is beautiful here…Yorkshire through and through. A lovely day leads to a lovely performance, short and sweet, and a fantastic reception. As a drive home I’m thinking, after two months it’s lovely to be back. Thank you Yorkshire this ‘War of the Roses’ was a very lively draw.


Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:58:11

New Order - Mojo, St. Anthony Video, Samos + Stockholm, August 2015

As promised here is the Mojo letter.

Mojo declined to publish it instead agreeing to a correction in this month’s issue.

Their correction above was very good and for that I thank them. However there were more points raised and here by way of clarification is the full letter.

 9/8/15

 Dear Mojo,

 As your magazine has represented New Order’s split even-handedly, it dismayed me to read the recent interview with its former singer.     

Although the piece contains a large number of mistruths and misconceptions, I must take issue with three major points.

1.The Hacienda Trademark.

2.The New Order Split. 

3.The Hacienda money write-off.  

New Order’s split in 2007 did not coincide with the purchase of the rights to The Hacienda name and the assertion that I wrote off other people’s investments in the club. Both these statements are completely untrue. In his ill researched book, Barney contradicts this as he claims I bought the trademark surreptitiously in 2004. 

The Hacienda trademark was bought by Rob Gretton following the club’s bankruptcy in 1997, Rob bought the name at a public auction of assets held by the Liquidator, A. H. Tomlinson & Co., other bidders included Cream, Ministry of Sound and Gio Goi. Rob was adamant that a third party should not buy it. When Rob found himself unable to finance the purchase he borrowed the money from me, £5000. When he couldn’t pay me back he gave me a half interest in the trademarks

I have enclosed the letter provided by New Order’s lawyer. 

It is well known that Barney, Steve and Gillian ceased their involvement with The Hacienda long before it closed.

I first revived The Hacienda name with encouragement from Paul Brown at Warner Brothers Records via New State Records, producing a Hacienda triple CD in 2004 whilst recording Waiting For The Sirens Call, and there was no adverse comment made by ‘The Others’. 

There are promotional interviews on Youtube for Sirens where accompanied by both Steve and Barney, I am asked about the forthcoming Hacienda CD and there is no animosity show by either of them.

Secondly, Barney himself makes clear that New Order split in 2007 when promoting Bad Lieutenant.

I don’t think we’ll (New Order) be getting back together.”

On Bad Lieutenant not being a side project – “ Yes, it’s my whole life wrapped up in a nutshell.” Dermot O Leary, BBC Radio 2. October 2009

We never had any intention of doing that. To call it New Order without Hooky, it wouldn’t feel right.” News Of The World October 2009

 "The bass player [Peter Hook] left and without him we wouldn’t be New Order anymore. That’s what I meant. It’s like when Ian Curtis died we weren’t Joy Division anymore. So we changed the name and started again and that seems like the right thing to do right now with Bad Lieutenant.“ Interview Magazine September 2009.

There are many other examples.

Without doubt, the commercial failure of Bad Lieutenant brought about the resurrection of New Order. Barney uses the falsifications regarding The Hacienda name to justify, in my opinion, the illegal taking of the name and goodwill in the name New Order to you, "the fans” as his reason for reforming the band without me.

The accusation that I wrote off his, Steven’s, Gillian’s, Tony’s and Alan Erasmus’s money in The Hacienda is completely untrue. Barney knows all directors’ loans were written off by mutual and signed consent at the recommendation of our accountants Ernst and Young to make The Hacienda more attractive to an outside buyer. 

I find his insinuation that I have somehow, robbed from them absolutely disgusting..

Rob Gretton and I carried on with our belief in The Hacienda and the people of Manchester for many years, until the club’s eventual demise in 1997, with no help from ‘The Others’. 

That smacks of betrayal to me, not only to us and Rob, but to ALL the people of Manchester. 

I suggest that along with ‘C***’ and ‘T***’ you add ‘Liar’ to the list as soon as possible Barney.   

Love Peter Hook

August 2015 

I have also taken legal action in relation to Barney’s book and the publishers, Random House. They have agreed to make a number of changes and corrections to numerous inaccuracies in an attempt to avoid having to go to Court.

That Barney is still getting his facts wrong when talking to magazines like Mojo and Q, confirms to me that he has his own agenda and wishes to create a different version of history with little regard for the truth, to try again to give some legitimacy to setting up a new band using the New Order name.

I can confirm that further legal action is underway in relation to the way in which the new band was licensed to use the name. I can’t go into the details at this point but I hope to have more news on this in late November 2015.

But the saga never ends….I have been asked by many people why I am not in the St. Anthony Tribute video – here’s why….

A sad eighth anniversary of Tony Wilson’s death, was made even sadder for me by the so called ‘Tribute Video’ to Mike Garry’s ‘St. Anthony’ poem.

Strangely it was me that suggested Mike record the poem. He had performed it a number of times with my encouragement at different functions in Manchester and I thought it would be fantastic recorded and set to music. Even suggesting a release on Hacienda Records, which I thought very fitting. The next thing I heard was that Joe Duddell was doing an orchestral version with ‘Your Silent Face’ as the music. I couldn’t wait to hear it and offered to do a dance re-mix immediately.

At the time I thought I had a very good relationship with Mike both professionally and socially. It went quiet for a while and the next time I heard about it was when I was asked to waive the publishing fee for the use of ‘Your Silent Face’ for the poem, as it was being done for charity, which I was happy to do.

Mike did contact me to tell me Joe had suggested another record company and he thought that it would be a good idea to go with them instead of Hacienda Records,  ‘They’re bigger.’ he said, ‘There going to make it a hit.’ I was very disappointed but, ‘Hey you can’t win them all! Good luck mate’.

I heard nothing for ages again, then it was announced Mike was performing the poem in New York at a Charity Show with New Odour. I was a little surprised but thought, ‘Whatever, you know, shit happens!’ 

It was a great international opportunity for Mike, wonderful exposure but did think it odd he hadn’t mentioned it. I know that, unfortunately a lot of people have been put in very uncomfortable positions with the ‘Me and Them’ situation, Mike just seemed to be another victim. Then I heard Andy Weatherall had done a remix and got on to Joe Duddle’s assistant Ali to again, offer my services. This resulted in a few weird e-mails and then texts saying Mike wanted to talk to me as soon as possible, could we do it now… today? I was actually doing press in Salford Quays at the time and the next thing I knew Mike was on his way down on the tram…it was really weird.

We met outside The Dockyard at Media City by the BBC, me him and my media guy. I must admit I was really puzzled. When Mike joined us he unleashed what I can only describe as a full and frank confession and apology for going off with ‘The Others’? I kept trying to tell him that it wasn’t a problem and I did understand. But he felt, and fair enough that because of our friendship I deserved an explanation. What unfolded was a sorry tale with him quite rightly feeling it was too big an opportunity to turn down but being shocked when informed by Barney - face to face (which surprised me because Barney is such a shithouse) that if he worked with them he couldn’t work with me …on no account.

“Do you understand that?” Barney said, Mike agreed.

I think it hung heavy with him then, and as the relationship progressed it became heavier and heavier. It was nice of him to let me know, I was saddened but not surprised, this wasn’t the first time they’d done this and won’t be the last either, I should be flattered I suppose, especially after 8 years!

This attitude of ‘Us or Him’ passed over to the video too, even though I’m mentioned in the poem? I did ask Mike after New York if they asked him to take the mention out and he said it never came up, which he thought odd too. After being excluded from the video along with many others, Alan Erasmus, Yvette, his family, A Certain Ratio, various employees of Granada TV, Factory, The Hacienda and Dry 201 etc, etc., I feel in great company.

Mike came on again to apologise asking me not to hate him, listing a long tale of woe is me, even saying he wished he’d never written it. But twice is definitely too often to be stabbed in the back for me. Strangely, I feel indifferent. 

What a world eh? 

Here’s the link because it is in a great cause and it hasn’t spoilt a beautiful piece of work for me. I hope it doesn’t spoil it for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cYNI8s_vo4

SAMOS, GREECE 10/9/15

Happier times beckon. Hell of a trip this one, three flights means me leaving Palma at 8pm. flying to Madrid, then on to Athens, arriving at 4.a.m for a 7.30a.m flight to Samos Island. I have not done an all-nighter for ages and it shocks me now to think how many I used to do when I was DJ'ing, nearly every weekend for 4 years.

I was wrecked.

But on arriving in Samos was instantly cheered by the island being so beautiful, and driving into the town of Ireon (where the Festival is held) gave you the feeling of going back in time in a really nice way. Perched on the crystal clear waters edge, Ireon is small, quaint and lovely, with gorgeous views over the sea to nearby Turkey.

I was knackered by now and at the hotel went straight to bed. The lads were already here, lucky buggers. On waking about 6pm we were taken to a seafood restaurant owned by a local fisherman, again right by the waters edge.

The whole waterfront is pedestrian which is wonderful and here we were treated to the nicest seafood banquet I have ever had in my life. Everything had been caught that day and was sublime. In fact I want it as my last meal, well second last, my first would have to be my mother’s Sunday Roast (what I would give for one more of those, Rest in Peace mum:). 

Finish the wonderful evening watching United win and go top of the league then crawl back to bed. (I am reading a great book, which I must recommend – Peter F. Hamilton’s  ‘The Abyss beyond dreams’ - Fantastic).

The next day is the Festival itself and with everything within walking distance the whole day is very pleasant. We have two new members with us tonight, as well as Daryll still deputising for Jack (see Smashin’ Pumpkins Tour) Si Brad has stepped in for Andy Poole who is indisposed. Nerves were running high at the sound check especially with a 2 hour set of both Joy Division and New Order ahead of us. The boys were wired, which had spread out to all of us. Phil Murphy did a fantastic job of rallying the troops and everything went well with me having to brush up on ‘Elegia’ ‘Your Silent Face’ and ‘Perfect Kiss’ in my room. A gyro after on the seafront saw us well prepared for the gig and a very mixed crowd, old young, families etc., but they respond fantastically and both Joy Division first and then New Order go down great, then a great encore. It is very warm and my idea to get naked (don’t ask) on ‘L.W.T.U.A’ luckily doesn’t happen. Playing while looking out over the ocean under the bright twinkling stars was such a thrill, there are a few errors, but nothing major and a mixture of passion and enthusiasm get us through very well. We are very lucky to be here.

NO LOVE LOST                      

ISOLATION                              

DIGITAL                                  

DISORDER                              

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS        

DEAD SOULS                          

HEART & SOUL                      

INSIGHT                                  

A MEANS TO AN END            

WILDERNESS                          

NEW DAWN FADES                

INTERZONE                            

SHE’S LOST CONTROL          

SHADOWPLAY                        

ELEGIA                                     

AGE OF CONSENT                  

LOVE VIGILANTES                   

B.L.T.                                                   

THE PERFECT KISS                

TRUE FAITH                            

TEMPTATION                            

BLUE MONDAY                      

CEREMONY                            

TRANSMISSION                      

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART                    

I go to bed very content about 2.30a.m…but wrecked again, I must be getting old! The boys party until 6, with Daryll at one point falling in the sea (and surviving thankfully!)

The next day we have a rare day off and decide to explore the island in a hired Jeep. As we set off we come across Pottsy marching down the coast road on his way to god knows where?

‘I’m looking for you lot.’ He says, ‘I was bored’ (we were in two separate Hotel’s you see). Good thing we passed him, he was on the road to the airport, the opposite way to our Hotel in 35* heat with no sun cream on the Nutter.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen eh?

We travel to a lovely small town called Pythagorus (after the mathematician?) further up the coast, but it’s a resort beach and is absolutely packed, luckily the guy in charge of the sunbeds was at the gig and looks after us wonderfully, introducing me to all and sundry as a ‘Living Legend’, living - thank god. 

After Ireon this place is too much, and we head back quickly, thankfully crashing out on the beach before yet another fantastic fish lunch (my third last meal:) A lovely night is ruined by Man City winning and I hurry back to ‘The Abyss’. A nice late start the next day sees us back on three more flights to Stockholm. At the airport we bump into a Greek guy who was at the Festival who tells me he knew the man who started the Festival many years ago and now has sadly passed away, the originator and he says, ‘He was a massive New Order fan, he would be so happy you were here!’ And you know what that makes two of us. As I write this we are just coming into land at Arlanda, and I’m knackered again.  

STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 12/8/15

Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm Kulture Festival.

Can’t be many bands that can stay in a hotel named after them;) But we do.

Straight to bed and the gym calls next day, no sound check today and it’s nice to take it easy.

Weird being cold again and I have no coat with me, but hey ho. We go over to the Festival site. It is is right in the city centre, constructed across a huge roundabout and the stage is MASSIVE! Very tall and about 100ft across, the equipment is dwarfed… lost in this huge expanse.

As I arrive with about 15 minutes to go there are about 8 people in front of the stage, so I think, ‘Uh oh… a quiet night beckons.’ Never mind you cannot win them all and meet an old mate backstage a Swedish promoter who regales us with horror stories of DJ crews demands, mainly centred around transport actually, but do seem excessive to us poor Rock ’n’ rollers…funny tho’.


Time to go on and I get the SHOCK of my life when I walk out to an absolutely packed square, there must be about 15,000 people here! God knows where they came from in such a short space of time, but it’s great. Tonight has been dubbed ‘Joy Division Night’ and we get a great response to our set. It is cold now and at the end as I launch tonights ‘T’shirt, I am aware it’s freezing. Luckily I spy a pile of hoodies in the office and liberate one (for warmth purposes only you understand, ‘You can take the boy out of Salford but can’t take Salford out of the boy eh?).

I am up at 4.a.m. for an early flight to Majorca and get picked up by an old geezer who doesn’t speak English for our airport run, Ryanair. We set off and after what seems like an age… 50km at least, there are still 60km to go on the Sat nav? I start to panic…trying to talk to the guy is useless and it starts to feel like I’m being kidnapped (Saying that who would want to kidnap an old miserable English sod like me would have to be desperate, as my wife says, ‘They’d soon send you back. Probably with a load of money too!’

He then starts to fall asleep, I recognise the symptons, the fidgeting, the shuffling in the seat, the indentation in his forehead from the steering wheel and I have to keep prodding him and trying to chat, mainly going, ‘You ok? You ok?’ for another hour. The airport classed by Ryannair as Stockholm is 110km away??? Bloody hell….nice flight back, early flights are always quiet, thank god. Lovely to get back to Majorca…it’s beautiful.

Until next weeks tales of woe, betrayal and heartbreak… I bid you Adieu.

Love Hooky ‘15

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:18:59

The Light - Pordenone Festival, Venice August 2015

This is a very famous festival and over the years has featured some fantastic acts Ha! And tonight they’ve got you! I hear you say;) Now Now!

Shame to miss The Savages who played on Friday, great band.

Travel from Palma, but an electrical storm on the island delays every flight…only by an hour. But it was quite scary to witness..

It has been the hottest June and July in Majorca for 15 years, regularly 38* and higher, very unusual and unbearable, the locals tell me the problem is the water temperature, which this year has surpassed all records being 29* to 30* C, doesn’t bode well for the future they sayL But compared to Manchester I suppose it has to be better. It rained today for the first time in three months and was down to 21* and I’m off to Italy typical.

Just one last airport moan…Why do people bring fast food on planes? Why do they allow it? In America it happens all the time, where some selfish bastard will get on with a McDonalds or a Burger King and stink the whole plane out. Today is no exception and as I watch a very well dressed woman clutching a huge bag of Burger King I’m thinking, ‘I pity the poor bastard that’s sat next to her!’ I’m in 1A again and guess where she sits? Correct 2A, right behind me…Fooking hell!

It’s two hours to Venice which does anything but fly by, but seeing Venice as we fly in to land is gorgeous. It really is a wonderful city.

It is just weird to witness the spectacle of the streets replaced by waterways and the thousands of boats of every description that fill them. I must warn you…it is so expensive it makes Dubai look cheap. You really feel that you should just hand over all your money as you arrive, because believe me by the end you will have.

On Michael Winner’s advice we went to Harry’s Bar to eat and as Michael said, ‘Harry walks round every night checking on every table.’ And he did. Then when I got the bill - I KNEW WHY!

Steak and chips and a side salad - 300Euros for two. At least Bex got a Peach Bellini thrown in. Took me months to recover;(

The gig comes around very soon with no time to eat. I am nervous again, which is nice. The stage is ready and here we go…..

But it’s raining??? And looks like it has for a while …what a shame, luckily the crowd don’t seem to mind. We start with New Order today and doing it this way round is a little tougher vocally, without a warm up I find N.O. hard. Then into J.D and it’s great, we are all wet through by now but no one seems to care. The boys play great and a great audience too, thank you very much. I apologise for bringing the weather with me. In the dressing room after there is a lovely relaxed atmosphere and we chew the fat for far too long. In bed by 2 and up at 9 for the drive to Venice airport.


The luggage belts are broken when I arrive and it takes 90mins to check in. This nearly drives me mad, luckily I have a cute dog next to me in the queue, the same Bichon Frise as our lovely Wilma at home, the ribbon made me smile.

hen I have to leg it to Security where there’s a huge queue, straight to gate where we are boarding and it’s only when I sit on the plane that I realise I haven’t eaten since yesterday morning .

Back to Palma (‘Best place in the world to live’ according to The Sunday Times;) I think I could second that).

What a life;) Greece and Sweden next week see you there, Love Hooky 2/8/15

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:29:12

The Light - Circolo Andrea Doria Rome - July 2014

Set List:

‘NO LOVE LOST’ ‘ISOLATION’ ‘DIGITAL’ ‘DISORDER’
’24 HOURS’ ‘INTERZONE’ ‘DEAD SOULS’ ‘HEART & SOUL’ ‘NEW DAWN FADES’ ‘SHE’S LOST CONTROL’ ‘SHADOWPLAY’ ’AGE OF CONSENT’ ‘LOVE VIGILANTES’ ‘B.L.T’
’TRUE FAITH’ ‘TEMPTATION’ ‘BLUE MONDAY’ ‘CEREMONY’ ‘TRANSMISSION’ ‘L.W.T.U.A.’

It seems there is a God!

The so called ‘New Odour Single’ is crap. Thank you my higher power!

Well it’s not crap, it’s just OK…which will do me. I must admit it was a very strange moment getting ready to listen to it. But I did and it sounds exactly like I thought it would…a Barney Sumner solo record. He truly is in control. Chorus is quite catchy but it is not as good as any other Single we ever recorded…Oh! Apart from ‘Jetstream’ … another Barney Sumner solo singleJ

I am delighted.

It is soulless and Barney even manages to sound bored while he sings it (should be called ‘Care less’ …cos it sounds like he doesn’t). The bass is relegated to a backing role, just how he likes it, in fact everything is in a backing role. The drums start off well but the complicated pattern is distracting. The whole song seems programmed to within an inch of it’s life (I bet that computer was red hot)…I bet it was re-programmed for weeks or months even, with everyone kept waiting until had every possible overdub had been exhausted, driving everyone mad in the process. It’s a bit lifeless, much like the group.

I feel sorry for the fans… waiting 10 years for some material with our name on it and getting presented with this? It really feels to me like just going through the motions (exactly why I split the group up in 2007). ‘The Emperor’s new clothes’ springs to mind.

Now the poor bastards have to do the promotion and pretend how much they enjoyed making it and how fulfilling it was etc etc., how everyone was fully involved blah blah blah…how were all getting on great, so much better than before. It’s like them soap actresses that appear on Lorraine and the first thing they say is, ‘Oh yeh! We’re just one big happy family on the set.’

Oh the deceit, just like we did on ‘Get Ready’ and ‘Siren’s’… god forgive me. I must admit that is one thing I don’t miss is the lying, the pretence, the myth/pantomime that all group’s peddle.

I was reading his MOJO Interview, which I will answer for you soon. I am sick and tired of that bastard lying about what happened with the Hacienda Name, I really am. The guy is a fucking moron as well as a liar (allegedly;) it’s time you knew the truth and I will write to MOJO and provide the proof.

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My wife keeps telling me off, telling me to stop, to focus on how much I enjoy what I do now and not take any notice of the others. I know she’s right.  But until the case is settled I cannot let up, not until justice is done. What they did to me is disgusting, stealing what was rightly mine from behind my back while I was in tour in China without ANY involvement with me, and expecting me to just lump it. NO CHANCE! After 31 years blood sweat and tears. What would you do?

Using the excuse of me playing Joy Division and taking The Hacienda name as justification to you, the fans, that they were right to come back as New Order without me. This is simply not true.

As I said before Bad Lieutenant were playing both Joy Division and New Order songs long before I did, and the Hacienda name was bought by Rob Gretton in 1997 at a public auction held by The Liquidator after The Hac went bankrupt. I get sick of repeating it, sometimes it feels like an ant kicking an elephant…but I’ll keep kicking until you all see sense.

They should be boycotted by every New Order Fan…they do not deserve your support. They are Thieves…’Thieves like them’ hee hee;)

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Just one little push eh?

Anyway, rant over for now;)

I fly in from Majorca where it is as hot as hell, to Rome, which is even hotter than hell. God us Mancs, we’d moan about anything wouldn’t we?

Rome is beautiful and one of my favourite cities in the world apart from all the graffiti, it’s everywhere. We had a great friend who lived here called Tat who used to look after us so well every time we visited. Sadly, Tat is no longer with us… so rest in peace mate… forever.

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The lads jog off to the gig while I jog in the gym which in the 40* heat is tough, but the AC kicks in after a bit and I enjoy myself. It is very difficult training in the humidity but I love it when I get back to England because I can do so much. I do have to be careful at my age, so I keep a close watch on this heart rate monitor of mine (apologies to John Cale there). Before I know it it’s time to eat… which is quite strange in the hotel, the restaurant is beautiful but empty, just me and a young lady with a bust up leg eating, foods okay. Then to the gig which is outdoor and is packed, with lots of bootleg J.D. ‘T’ shirts worn, I should do a competition for the best/worst, the Italians were the best at bootlegging but now have been left way behind by the Mexicans, but some of these shirts are a sight to behold.

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We launch into Joy Division, which goes down a storm every song, then half way through we switch to New Order, and now it goes a bit flat…a great ‘Age of Consent’ leads into ‘Love Vigilantes’ but they are losing interest…shit. Luckily ‘B.L.T.’ and ‘True Faith’ get them back and it finishes fantastically. The encore kills them, metaphorically, and after I sign a million things and people, a very happy Hooky goes to bed. We leave in 6 hours.

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The next morning at Rome airport is completely nuts, madness at check in and security. I am a bit late after travelling with the lads (who have a later flight) but it was nice to finally spend some time with them. I finally get into B TERMINAL and grab a bite, but then a gate change to D has everyone legging it over, on the way I walk next to this old Italian geezer who is snorting more than a Manc cokehead, air conditioning? Cold? God knows, but I pity the poor bastard who has to sit next to him on their flight hee hee;) Make the gate and get onboard, I’m in seat 1A, make myself comfortable and after everyone gets on I’ve still got an empty seat next to me…result! But just as the plane is about to take off they let on one last passenger…yep, you guessed it…it’s sniffer. Who takes his seat in 1B and sniffs all the bloody way to Palma.

Gratzi Mille, Bueno Note, Hooky ’15 

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:45:48

The Light - Truck Festival Oxford / Joracin Festival Poland July 2015

Arrive back from Majorca to a publishing meeting for Power, Corruption and Lies…Inside New Order, went very well, Simon and Schuster seem happy to accommodate its grand length…293,000 words (and it isn’t even finished yet?). It now has to go off for a legal read (to make sure the facts are right, so I don’t get sued:) so should be interesting what I have to leave out, hopefully not all the juicy bits eh? I am at present battling another musician who in my opinion has printed many lies/untruths in his book and even when presented with the facts refuses to correct it, so I know first hand how important the process of getting your facts right is. My book is now scheduled for next year …I am hoping for March but they are talking of October ‘16, which does seem very distant. But I’ve waited 35 years …so I suppose a few more months won’t kill me.

Very odd what you remember and where and when you remember it…snorkelling (I found a Sony Experia at 10ft down and it was still working?) I remembered us playing a show in March ’88 for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in Los Angeles. A fashion show, where Sarah was pregnant with their first child…Bingo…2 hours later we have another 5000 words. Then shopping in Prop I remember we’d played at Barrowlands and were staying at the Malmaison in Glasgow when I had a spectacular alcohol induced nervous breakdown, there was a power cut in the hotel and two members of the band disgraced themselves with the same hooker (allegedly:) another 3000 words.

O.M.G…will it never end?

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(Two Bears! You wouldn’t like to bump into either on a dark night would ya?)

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Strange rehearsing a new player after 5 years (Pottsy doesn’t count), but Daryll is working hard and fitting in nicely. It has been difficult ‘losing’ Jack to The Pumpkins and does feel really weird. Over 5 years of The Light I have enjoyed and got used to him looking after me and being around all the time, but as we know …’Life goes on’ and ‘Time and tide wait for no man’ etc etc. 

Lovely drive down to Oxford and TRUCK feels like a mini Glastonbury, very rich and varied.  It really is in the heart of old England. The Olde Worlde houses are fantastic and line the road to the Festival. 

It’s a hybrid set tonight and I can’t say they are my favourite. I much prefer the artiness of playing the LP’s, somehow to me it feels more valid. A signing beforehand with some lovely people leads us into our tent, which is packed with hundreds locked out (can you use that analogy with a tent?) A great set goes down wonderfully, a fantastic, really mixed and enthusiastic audience. I am blown away. It’s hotter than hell. Which I didn’t expect, and am soaked, but very happy after.

Drive straight to Stansted Airport for an early flight to Poznan, Poland.

JORACIN FESTIVAL, JORACIN, POLAND.

Nice direct flight.

It is amazing how Ryannair and Easyjet have changed as airlines, after treating everyone like crap for so long they now do actually try and make your experience enjoyable. I can now recommend them both. One and a half hours drive later and we are at the hotel. Poland is a beautiful country but is firmly entrenched in the 70’s, looks a lot like Stockport did back then, but the people are lovely and cycle everywhere too. On the way to Jarocin on the busy A roads through the woods, occasionally you would flash by a beautiful dressed woman stood in the trees, causing many double takes, like they’d got lost on their way to a nightclub. They were Hookers who operate in the woods.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I were a hooker I would be avoiding the woods at all costs. Have they never heard Jeremy Clarksons stories about Truck Drivers?

Anyway, the hotel is right next to the festival site and as I wait I get to listen to some really wacky stuff…very interesting. Later as we make our way over to the site it is surrounded by thousands of people complete with great carnival atmosphere. Our guide tells me it’s the people who can’t afford to get in? Economically Poland is still suffering a great deal it seems. He also tells me that the whole place was destroyed about 30 minutes ago by hurricane force winds. Wild.

We are playing both Joy Division albums tonight by request of the promoter and we begin well, but as the set goes on it becomes apparent that sitting through two Joy Division albums at 11.30 p.m at the end of a two day festival and after a mini hurricane isn’t quite what the crowd had in mind. I can see them starting to drift off, mentally and physically. Be careful what you wish for eh?

Closer is always tricky to play but we pull it back for Unknown Pleasures and watching the antics of a 50 strong group of young people crowd surfing non-stop throughout the whole set is very entertaining. They are masked which looks threatening but is just to stop the dust, which with the moshing and surfing has become quite a cloud.

The encore is great and ‘Ceremony’, ‘Transmission’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ really seal the deal. Daryll has done very well. I am looking forward to next weekend very much.

The late end means the 90mins drive is early-ish and I fly to Copenhagen and get stuck for three hours waiting for my flight to home…Bastard, luckily Arlanda is a great airport and the time flies.

The morning after the night before!

The joys of travelling…stay lucky, Hooky ‘15

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:48:29

The New New Order Record July 2015

The New New Order Record. (See how close we used to be;)

A lot of people have been asking what I feel about the New Record. Apart from the lousy titles it hasn’t had much impact, to be honest. I do not think the band has any validity at all now.

As I keep saying… !t may be called New Order but it is not New Order. It is definitely more Bad Lieutenant. In fact, a lot of the tracks on this record were destined for the 2nd Bad Lieutenant album (canned because of the lack of success). I must say that writing and finishing any album is something definitely to be proud of. I just wish the circumstances suited its release. It is funny seeing all the bullshit that’s surrounds the release. That is definitely something that I am not used to. Our last record was released in 2005 and while I witnessed it surrounding their gigs and so called reformation, this is a lot different.

It does make me wonder who they are trying to convince…themselves?…or you?

It is your money that keeps them going. In the same way it keeps me going. I suppose the difference is I am not pretending to be something I’m not. Writing the New Order book  and going over everything in such detail has shown me many things I wasn’t really aware of. One thing it has definitely shown me is that New Order weren’t just a group…it was, in some ways, more an attitude. An attitude we brought with us from Joy Division and Punk. An attitude and celebration of a time that was very special. Embodied in FactoryThe Hacienda and Manchester.  

An anarchic, selfish way of looking at this crazy, bullshit business, that made it special, bearable and our own.

We did everything we could to try and change the system for the better, for everyone, and almost succeeded. At times, it made life very difficult for us. But the music and that attitude kept us going. Playing the gigs, ignoring Joy Division, at last winning the audiences approval and building a following, soon showed us we were doing something right.

Unfortunately when Factory went bust we knew things would change and slowly they did. After never having a single on an album, Republic, on London Records had four, the interminable remixing of the songs further diluting the core of the music and the principles. Then the videos etc etc.,

We changed too. In my opinion that’s when New Order finished as an attitude and way of life. We became just another group doing what every other group does. Once Rob passed it was buried with him.

Now they are just another group without the right line up, desperately trying to prove to you that they still have some value. That they still deserve your money and respect…take it from me…they don’t. Amazingly they have even conned Daniel Miller at Mute too.

My legal fight over the unauthorised use of the name is still ongoing. I will get Justice soon.

Until then recognise this for exactly what it is.

I can remember doing the promo for ‘Waiting for The siren’s Call’ and having to pretend everything was great with the group. Pretending we were all together and happy with the release. Like some new actress joining ‘Emmerdale’ or ‘Coronation Street’ all that ‘Were all one big happy family’ bollocksEven though certain members were hardly on it. But I supposed we were used to doing that.

Credit it where it’s due though, as I said before making an LP, especially a New Order LP takes you through 7 kinds of hell at least. So completing it is a great achievement and I am positive that Barney will have worked very, very hard indeed on trying to make this one, the one that proves he doesn’t need me. I hear he has said there are two songs about me on it?

 WOW! I’m flattered!

Although it makes him sound (especially after all this time) like a spurned lover….a bit creepy.

I suppose I, like you, will have to wait to pass final judgement. I hope he doesn’t succeed…I really do. New Order were very special, it started when that three piece appeared at The Beach Club and with that same three piece hardly changing all the way up to Technique, the magic was still there even then.

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Love Peter Hook July’15

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:40:35

Willowman Thirsk June 2015

Willowman Festival, Thirsk, Yorkshire. (The New War of the Roses).

Saturday 20th June 2015

A welcome return to playing after, for us, a long 4 week break, and a welcome return to blogging. Now I’ve finished the book I finally have the time.

It amazes me now that I think 4 weeks is along time between gigs, in New Order we would regularly go months or even years.  A nice drive to Leeds with my daughter and when we arrive the weather is perfect, rare this summer. It’s a Joy Division set tonight and the event is tinged with sadness because after this one Jack is off to join The Smashing Pumpkins, along with a personal invite from Billy Corgan to boot.

This feels very odd… Jack has been with me in The Light, right from the start and was the same age as I was when we first started playing Unknown Pleasures in 2010, 21. Then bizarrely as we moved through the records he was the same age as I was when I did them the first time. Weird.

He has gradually become very important to me in all aspects of running the band and planning the gigs. I will miss him greatly.

His replacement (what can I say… I have learnt the hard way that no one is irreplaceable;) Is Darryl. He is a lovely lad who has roadied for us in the past and now moves into mine/his bass shoes, we wish him well. His first gig at Oxford, will be a real baptism of fire.

The gig went great as per usual and the very short 75 minutes flew by. The White Roser’s were very energetic and a full field stomped along. The drive home was nice and I am looking forward to Father’s Day tomorrow. I will be celebrating with my three children, Heather, Jack and Jessica in Chester, Happy Days.

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:20:39

Peter Hook - "The 'Ashley-enda"/ Denmark Feb 2015

The Hacienda: ‘Ashley-ienda’, Ashley Brook, Salford.

Our annual Charity Event at the pub in Salford. Supported by Sankey’s it goes very well right from the start. Last year equipment problems plagued the night. Great sell out crowd go nuts and Shaun Ryder and 808 State are excellent guests and much moolah is raised for the Hospice down the road that treated my great friend Sheila Bellingham, rest in peace darling.

New Beat Festival, Aalborg, Denmark. 

This is a busy weekend after 8 weeks off that flew by. After the late night last night the early start is a killer. But a decent bacon butty dispels the gloom in Bar M/cr. Trip goes easily and amazingly the weather in both Copenhagen and Aalborg is milder than at home. No chance for a rest as it is straight to the Book Talk and Q an A. The English compere is excellent and has really done his homework and this makes for a very spirited discussion, with interesting questions too from the audience. I eat and rest which is nice. The Djing comes too soon but it will be nice after 2 months off, I am nervous though time off always does that to me. , ah well. It’s a nice club with a great set up and before I know it the place is packed. And bugger me…it goes really well. I am very happy indeed complete with stage invasion, yeh rocking! I sleep well and no nasty snow suprises(I was stuck here last time for) 12 hours, blizzard!) 

Home sweet Home

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:30:34

The Light - Trades Club Hebden Bridge Residency - Dec 2014

Hebden Bridge Trades Club Residency - 8th to 10th December 2015

Night One - Joy Division: ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and‘Closer’.

When the promoter from Hebden Bridge heard we were playing all six LP’s in Los Angeles on our American tour he asked us to do it here too. How could I resist? Hebden is becoming a very important gig fixture and the list of people who have played and will play there soon, is very impressive. A real ‘Who’s Who’ of music, past and present so…We are in great company. It is a little odd doing an English gig so soon after the good old U.S.A apart from still being jetlagged that is. But a lovely drive and meeting Twinny for a meal in Hebden is a real treat. No it’s not…the meal is awful. How do you fuck up Greek food? 

The gig looms soon and was all sold out weeks ago so the pressure is on. The boys perform well and Joy Division are put to rest for how long now I wonder? Paul has a cold so I try to stay away from him. Lovely drive home in Oliver Reed, nice to have him back;)

Night Two - New Order: Movement and ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’

Three on the trot is strange.

I have to be careful not to think too much about it or the words all bleed into one another. The weather is getting worse by the day and by the time I get there on the second night it’s freezing and very wet with snow flurries. Another meal, this time with ‘The Sultan of Swing’ we plum for Italian… you just cannot do that badly…but lo and behold in Hebden Bridge anything is possible and they can! It’s shit! The most awful meal I have had since yesterday. Soon we are off and strange to see a lot of the same people weirdly standing in the same place, which heightens the ‘Déjà vu’. 

Great reaction again though. These are the tracks we have played least so I was a little nervous. But the band, are great, and I am very proud as both albums are given the respect they so richly deserve. Going off stage for the breaks onto the icy staircase for a fag is enough to make you give up smoking for good. Nice drive home.

Night Three - New Order: ‘Lowlife’ and ‘Brotherhood’

Our last evening and I meet James in a Turkish restaurant right by the venue and guess what? It’s crap too! What is the matter with this place? The gig goes well again and I think we, as a group, feel the well-deserved break coming on which is lovely.

I love Christmas.

We play very well again and even Paul as ill as he is manages a great gig. I ask a young lady at the front who was there on the first night but not the second and now back tonight where she was last night? ‘Couldn’t get a babysitter Hooky.’ She says, It feels like we are all mates…nice. The three gigs are being recorded by ABBEY ROAD LIVE HERE NOW for a triple CD and I am glad it has gone so well and been so easy. It is truly freezing now and I hug the boys farewell realizing I won’t see them until the New Year. As I drive home in the snow, reflecting on the year behind I realize what a fantastic time we have had, the places we have been and the people we have met. Then I start sneezing and realize that bastard Kehoe has given me his cold/virus whatever…Shit! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Goodwill to all men! Well maybe not all;)

Love Hooky’14

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:49:00

The Light - North America - November 2014

THE MOHAWK, AUSTIN, TEXAS

Back, in the good old USA. We have worked hard to get here and it is great to witness the gigs and audiences growing. New Order always concentrated nearly all our interest on America and it certainly paid off. Before we split in the 90’s we were huge all over the USA and Canada.

I love Austin.

Ever since we first made it here we have had some great adventures, musically and otherwise. We fly in well, changing in Dallas. So drag our selves down to 6th street, which is bustling even on a Monday night. Most of the gigs here are open air and lo and behold we have again brought the Manchester weather with us. It starts to rain almost immediately and never stops.

By the time I get to the gig there are floods and huge puddles everywhere. A sea of umbrellas is all you can see from the stage but a great and warm reception awaits us. Austin is a great place to start and Texan hospitality is legendary. I was wondering how these would go down to be honest but it’s a great start. We play well although a little nervously as we were still playing Joy Division until a day ago and have not truly made N.O. our own. Before we know it we are done and as I go to put my hoodie on I realize I have parked it under a leak? It is soaked, wet through. Strange being so wet and so warm. Luckily my great friend Kerry from AAA is on hand to give me a lift home thank god! It takes 3 days to dry. The next day I go for a jog in the hotel gym and it’s strange having the Car Valets watching me while their eating Pizza? I do well still at 30 mins without stopping so fingers crossed it will stay that way x Easy flight to ……

THE TROCADERO, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

This is an interesting City. Very industrial past but has reinvented itself very well. We had a great gig last time. But I am still wary about these two albums, LOWLIFE and BROTHERHOOD see above, they are tricky to play. The rain is here too but the Troc is a beautiful old theatre and indoors thank god. Weird how you can never get a Taxi in the rain isn’t it? Today is no different. Funny when I come down for breakfast because there are about 200 school kids staying here as well. They are remarkably well behaved but eat like gannets. Every time any food appears it almost as quickly disappears.

Luckily these days I do not eat that much. The Light are actually very, very light. Gig time is here before you can say Zombie movie and it’s a great turnout. Our two policeman friends have done me proud again with two bottles of FREE Alcoholic free wine one white and one red. I am a bit unwell tonight and so save them until tomorrow and Boston. We are on the train you see for the next couple of days so we can carry it. The gig is very good. Great reception and we deliver very well indeed. I run off into the rain at the end because I don’t feel very well and want to avoid getting sicker. So tuck up for an early night. Lovely train ride beautiful scenery to……..

IRVING PLAZA, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

I love New York too and it is lovely to be back, it really is. Irving Plaza, Pottsy reminds me, is where everything went wrong for MONACO last time, gear wise I mean. So it will be a little odd being back. I walk the 20 blocks to the gig delighting in the sights and sounds around me. I have been writing about our first American tours for my N.O. book so was feeling quite melancholic. The Large Apple is rocking. It’s a great venue and we see loads of old friends Joe Shanahan and his family are over from Chicago, we also have the legendary Dennis and Lois and Lynne from Marvel and even a FREEBASS reunion. Andy Rourke has graciously agreed to join us for a number and it is lovely to see him. He looks really well and plays TRUE FAITH excellently, a great moment. Thanks mate;) The gig goes well again and a great reception. It is wonderful to see people singing along to these poor old ignored songs. It really makes me smile. Shame really because I will be so sorry to see these songs go when we move on again;( I walk back to the hotel after the gig, this place is great I am a very lucky boy indeed. Sleep well and on the train again YIPPEE!

ROYALE, BOSTON, MASS

We are on really early here and we will be finished by 9.30, the dreaded disco night on after. Most gigs in England are like this now. Some people love it and some people hate it. It’s a lot like life;) We played this venue before when we did Joy Division and it was ok, not a great turnout. New Order was better but was in a different place. There are certain places we just do not do very well, Boston, Washington and Montreal spring to mind. But tonight we have a big increase in people and while the audience, are mostly my age they are very enthusiastic.

That is apart from three girls, all with glasses on who choose to stand right in front of me and basically show absolutely no emotion or interest all night? Spending most of the time looking at their phones or chatting? This does puzzle me I mean if you weren’t that bothered about the group you’ve paid 30$ to see wouldn’t you stand at the side or the back? Not right in the front about 4 rows back, right in my bleeding eye line! I leave them to it after all it’s their money. But it is off putting though and annoying for everyone. At one point they start taking daft pictures of themselves and then looking at them. They never clap or show a flicker of recognition…I stare at the tall one and catch her eye but she immediately looks away and then keeps glancing back waiting for me to look away….weird? Eventually they leave ‘SOONER THAN U THINK’ sees them off. Thank god I am so relieved. We then all have a great time. Ha! Thank you Boston you are off my list!

CLUB SODA, MONTREAL, CANADA

Easy trip thank god. We are staying at one of my favourite hotels in the world ZERO ONE, our third time here. This audience is tough, usually reserved shall we say? We have an evening off so have a fantastic Vietnamese meal then an early night. This travelling kills you. The next day I have time to work on my N.O. book which is nice, the early days were a lovely period and then before I know it its gig time. Now a very full auditorium greets us warmly and as we start I notice the fold back is awful and my amp sounds dreadful, this does not happen often but the amp is a problem, the gig goes well but this amp is really annoying me, going off and on and crackling away….it’s really pissing me off NOW!

When we come back on for the encore I think…fuck it I’m gonna kick this bastard over just for devilment you know? So I put my guitar down and stance up and kick the cab as hard as I can and lo and behold it goes over…but hang on the whole thing stops halfway and comes back at me???

Now I know an AMPEG 300SVT top is very, very heavy and as the thing comes back to centre it shows no sign of stopping, and you cannot catch an AMPEG head …it takes two people to carry one. Sure enough in true Spinal Tap fashion the whole bloody lot comes flying at me, Phil who didn’t see me kick it comes rushing on stage, but no one can stop it and the whole stinking lot crashes down on my 6 string guitar and my pedals as I jump out of the way…..BASTARD! This is funny the rest of the band are laughing but Phil isn’t, he puts it all back up and guess what? The flaming thing is fixed! Hallelujah! I must try that more often. Ends up a great night.

DANFORTH MUSIC HALL, TORONTO, CANADA

Nice internal toToronto, but a shit DAYS INN hotel that isn’t very nice at all, amazing how they can vary so much from night to night. Big gig this tonight. Now MOVEMENT and P.C.L. was fantastic here last time and I am hoping for the same. It goes well from start to finish, the sound is horrible, the stage is absolutely huge and seems to stretch for miles. But it is a great reception and I am very grateful, Lovely to see Coatsey and his missus and quite a few old friends in attendance. Getting cold now.

 THE MAGIC BAG, FERNDALE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

 Night off here and we are in a great old hotel, with fantastic food. I make the gym again and it’s a cross between a gym, a Hospital, a Physical Rehab clinic and even has Hospital beds in it like a Ward…..very strange? I do well though but it’s freezing and I have to hurry back to the warmth of the Hotel.  I like this place a lot. A nice old club my old mate George King is here with his lovely son who jumps on me for a hug at one point. Makes me miss my family …..awh! Play well and a great audience. Uber sorts us out back to Hotel.

THE METRO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Back to The Metro, a sell out show Hooray! Nice to see our old friend Joe Shanahan so well having recovered from his illness, fantastically too, he is on fine form.

We are staying at the airport as we have an early leave tomorrow but the hotel is nice. Grab dinner with Joe which is wonderful and before I know it we are on. We have a few things happening tonight, a marriage proposal on stage, a lovely man has asked if he can propose to his girlfriend before the encore, turns out she is a huge fan and we are all hoping she says yes so much! She does….HOORAY! Marriage is a great institution Bex and I are nearly at 17 years and it has flown….. my god. Next up is Billy and Jeff from Smashing Pumpkins which goes great. Then it is lovely to see Lippy and Kim and lots and lots of our Chicago mates…I am talked out. Joe drives me home, it’s a tradition we have and as we hug goodnight I think how sad it is about poor Michael Shamberg there really aren’t many of us left now. Getting colder.

FINE LINE MUSIC CAFE, MINNEAPOLIS, MICHIGAN

This is a great city and we are staying downtown right where the action is, it’s cold and feels nice and Christmassy. It rains in the morning so me and Pottsy retire to the gym. Amazing how times change I think, here we are now all healthy and shit! It is funny though because the plug board for the two joggers keeps tripping as we are running so we are getting loads of emergency stops, and near falls it makes us laugh. The gig is good and a great damp audience, make it an easy night for us. I run off into the night at the end as I’m knackered and desperate for bed. Sorry kids. Freezing and wet.

VENUE, VANCOUVER, CANADA

Getting fed up with bloody Airports really am! Another great city on our list and we have a beauty of a hotel SUTTON PLACE, we are being spoilt by a friend, which feels a bit weird but is a lovely gesture and we really are grateful. Night off before and we all go for a meal together. It is amazing how close we MAGNIFICENT SEVEN are;) Have a lovely day and manage to do my laundry at last and am working steadily on the book, in between Zombie movies of course. Walk down to the gig and it goes really well with a very boisterous audience. Phil has to grab         a couple of revelers who get carried away. All too soon we are off again…to Jacks favourite city……

NUEMOS, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

This to me is like America’s Manchester. A nice city but, very lively street life. Everyone seems to be hanging around? A little intimidating to say the least. We are playing in a smallish club, the same one we did last year in a great neighbourhood. The gig is packed and they are stoked, we have a great gig from start to finish. Lovely to see my old mate Claude Flowers here, an old friend who did a couple of books on New Order and then suggested The Hacienda book, which he helped me write. I have known him for 12 years and this is the first time we have met? Claude was a soldier for 8 years but is now happy and settled with a wife and family. The gig goes great and we enjoy ourselves immensely. God smoking is such a problem…. here you can only smoke outside the gig, so I have to go and do it in the street….with no shirt on and it’s freezing;( Claude drops me off and I hope it isn’t another 12 years before I see him again.

Off to ……

WONDER BALLROOM, PORTLAND, OREGON

This is a city I have hardly seen anything of? The airport is near the hotel the hotel near the gig and that is it, then we are off again. It is a lovely venue and has it’s own smoking balcony at the back of the stage which is great. The gig goes very well, a very good reception a load of Nutters at the front really go for it. I see one girl crying and recognize her from last year when she cried all the way through the first two LP’S as well? Ah well, I get a lift home from these two Indian(not red) guys who own the hotel we stay in when we are here, they tell me how they came here with nothing 10 years ago from Calcutta and now have 5 hotels in the district…THE AMERICAN DREAM! They tell me next time I will get a Jacuzzi suite for free! I will hold you to that, boys for SUBSTANCE or TECHNIQUE, I’ve not decided yet. Lovely to get the train today and it is a lovely trip to……

MEZZANINE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

We are staying on Geary Street at the beautiful WARWICK Hotel but are not here long enough. I have a lovely surprise waiting for me here two young guys contacted me about a guitar they had that they no longer wanted a Green BB1200S? They tell me I have it for what they paid for it $250? I am amazed they go for much more on Ebay I tell them…but they insist I have it. Thank you Boys what can I say? Great place we play in Mezzanine here so we know the staff well. Great to see Jason Rhodes here too, our New Order/New Odour roadie and nice to hear the gossip. Gig goes great with, I think, the best audience yet…they never stop singing along, going nuts. It’s great from start to finish. Thank you kids! Train again, which is fantastic a heavenly trip to….

THE FONDA THEATRE, LOS ANGELES

Again, another great place to play and our fourth time here. Nice to welcome Moby back and he is in fine form. We were to have MARK LANAGAN here too but due to a family crisis he can’t make it. We wish him well. Gig goes great and a good reception, loads of old mates out including KAV the guy who reformed The Happy Mondays, he is promoting here now. Nice to have a few days here as this is the first of our three L.A. shows. We are staying at The Farmers Daughter and I was reading a report by Will Self where he asked them to turn the music down at breakfast and they wouldn’t…so I go out of my way to ask them every day and they do? Must be in the delivery Will? Nice trip BUT the L.A traffic is very heavy don’t know how they put up with it …

THE GLASS HOUSE, POMONA, CALIFORNIA

Tonight it is MOVEMENT and POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES and I am nervous. It has been a long time since we played them both together. It is a cavernous venue with a huge stage, tough sound to overcome. The show goes very well I need not have worried. It is great to play/hear them again and so great to be able to play all 6 albums…O.M.G. I can’t believe I am writing that…playing 6 albums Wild! Over 90 Songs;) Nice trip back to The Farmers with Judy Rhia driving, with not much traffic HOORAY!

THE ROXY, CALIFORNIA

A nice easy day with a trip to the gym, I’m down sadly, but feel ok. Then laundry time;) Bit more writing and it’s gig time. THE ROXY ON SUNSET is world famous and I have been here socially a few times. It is great to play here. Ian always used to say…’We’ll play The Roxy one day!’ and here we bloody are! This is UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER and we play fantastically….the boys take my breath away. It’s for you Ian! Moby plays with us and it is GREAT! WOW! Even I’m impressed;)

THE HOUSE OF BLUES, SAN DIEGO

San Diego is a wonderful city but on Thanksgiving Night is very quiet. I suppose it’s like our Christmas Day? There is a Crab Shack next door to the hotel so I drag myself out of bed to get me some crabs and SHIT the place shuts at 5 on Thanksgiving Aaaarrrgh!

We played here once as New Order in 1983 and have never made it back, so here are The Light. It is a quick visit and before I know it, it’s gig time which goes great, we are all very tired and everything seems a bit surreal;) A great audience, are with us through the whole of the show and Lo and behold we have a stage invader??? It’s just like the old days, always amazes me that they never seem to know what to do when they get on stage? This guy is no exception and at least he doesn’t do a Noel Gallagher on me(Always a worry) and Phil leads him to safety via the waistband. Great gig and great sleep then nice early flight;( to Hawaii…..

THE REPUBLIK, HONULULU, HAWAII

A 6 hour trip, but such a fantastic way to end the tour. We have a night off so go straight to the beach and watch the sun go down, it is gorgeous. We all paddle in the pacific then have a nice communal meal. The next day is spent writing with a lovely evening watching the sun go down again. The gig we’re told has not sold too well but come the night is absolutely packed. And I have never seen more tattoos in an audience ever! We play great and everyone sings along….WOW! I AM AMAZED! Then it’s all over…which seems very strange indeed? We are on another day off and the boys go sightseeing while I shop for my girls, I end my day with yet another sunset on the beach. I can’t help but smile. I am dying to go home but am very happy with what I am doing. We then have The Light’s Christmas Dinner. As I thank the boys I relies we have come so far and have even further to go home……36 hours later I arrive in a cold wet Manchester Airport…it’s shit! But I am so happy to be home. 5 days off then HEBDEN BRIDGE (for our sins;)

Thank you to everyone who has supported us on yet another epic journey;)

Peter Hook Dec’14

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:26:00

The Light - Latin America - Oct / Nov 2014

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LATIN AMERICA OCTOBER 2014

Set off well and happy. Well I say that but I got a terrible virus after the Manchester show that floored me for 3 weeks! Even though I am okay now the bloody thing keeps reappearing, been a bastard this one! Brought with it terrible headaches and a bad back that required a trip to the Chiro, where to my delight I found out I had been going to the same guy in Wilmslow, Scott Middleton for over 20 years??? Before you ask I did not get a discount….Of course I tried, but to no avail;) So as I waved goodbye to Manc there was a feeling of desertion on my part. Change at Heathrow and then Dallas but American Airlines do me proud, their new planes are FANTASTIC and I arrive in Santiago 32 hours later….almost refreshed.

SANTIAGO CHILE 25/10/14

PROVIDENCIA HALLE

We arrive in a warm lovely Santiago, and after a short trip from the airport to our hotel, the rooms aren’t ready;( The last thing you want to hear after a 32 hour trip. We amuse ourselves by lolling on our suitcases by the open air swimming pool, the boys on beer me on ‘sin’ and not too long before we are all pink and tired. Just in the nick of time the keys arrive and after a short ‘Old mans nap’ it’s time for dinner.

This really is a lovely place. We are smack in the middle of downtown by the Old town. Find a great steak house and after a lovely meal we are all exhausted. Sleep well and the next day we lounge by the pool again, it is boiling. We watch the demonstrations in the street below. Thousands of people march by, the theme seems to be ‘NO’ ironic ? Or is it ‘No’ to ‘New Odour’ the boys suggest…’Maybe there on your side Hooky!’ They laugh…. Who isn’t I think? Hee Hee;) 

This is a very interesting city. Very Spanish influenced and quite charmingly run down. A very relaxed start and I work on the N.O. book all day. Say what I want about Twatface’s book it really has left it wide open to do a GREAT New Order book. I am enjoying it. Before I know it….. it’s time to perform. The gig is a huge warehouse with a very high ceiling. Strange sound. That is one of the problems/delights about not doing the sound check. It is sometime’s a big surprise, too big as you go on. The crowd, are fantastic over a 1500 people singing along madly to Joy Division. By the end they are BONKERS!

Top One. We have another day off and a very leisurely trip to Montevideo…..

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 28/10/14

LA TRASTIENDA

It is amazing how cheap the cost of living is in these countries compared to England, probably relative to their earning power but I have to say great for us. Another lovely city, right by the sea! It seems busy but we do struggle to find somewhere to eat on a Monday night. We are recommended one place but after a trip to the toilets and a view of the chef? We beat a hasty retreat back to the hotel. Where Jack and I eat in the charming 70’s style Casino, luckily the foods great. Strangely gambling is one addiction I have managed to avoid….I just don’t get it? Class A’s, Alcohol etc I get because of the altered state of mind so I suppose I have to thank my lucky stars for that one;) Bed early and a good trip to the gym and a sunbathe gives us all a positive boost. We are playing Joy Division again today, UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER, which is a delight. This is so much easier to play than bloody NEW ORDER, and I still can’t figure why? I am excused SOUND CHECK on health grounds so it’s breaking Bad for me. The gig rolls round very soon though and before I know it I am in front of a over a 1000 Chileans screaming along with nearly every song…..BLIMEY……I AM BLOWN AWAY! I never expected that. Thank you so much Chile…I owe you one!

The weather has been wild while we are here, sunny but with gale force winds and as we awake on the next day it is easy to see why….a full blown electrical storm of amazing raw power and beauty has hit us full on and the airport is closed in Montevideo. The only advice we get is to get the Ferry. So with the help of the lovely Candela we make our way to the Port, which is right next to our hotel? Nice way to waste three hours.  There is panic in the air as everyone is struggling to get to Buenos Aries. As it turns out both Montevideo and Buenos Aries airports remain closed for two days. As luck would have it the Ferry then decides to break down and we are stuck here for three hours. We finally head out and by the end of another three hour ferry ride everyone is bored shitless. We spy Buenos Aries in the distance, with a huge sigh of relief. 

BUENOS ARIES, ARGENTINA 29/10/14

NICETO

We are very late and the boys get half an hour to set the gear up, it’s like a Fessie!

The gig has a small two-tiered stage. We play very well considering the circumstances to a great reception. Interesting the way these South American crowds sing along with the riffs of the songs. Ending up louder than you. To great effect I might add. INSIGHT and 24 HOURS sound amazing, as does SHADOWPLAY. Wild! We crawl to bed literally, knackered. Airport is back to normal the next day and we have a nice trip to Brazil.

SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL 31/10/14

CLASH CLUB

Lovely to see our old friend, Gilly here, A lovely man and a truly loyal colleague.

 It is amazing what a rare commodity loyalty is, as I found out in Sept 2011. Sao Paolo is a crazy as ever and as we follow the river into the city I am amazed the way that no one even walks along it’s banks….. it is so toxic. The Pullman hotel is our old haunting ground and is excellent. The Q and A in the afternoon is very warm in more ways than one and nice when my old mate Heitor turns up. We are playing New Order tonight and the Joy Div. warm up goes swell. The next part requires a lot of concentration on all our parts and after a lay off I am a little nervous. But apart from a few daft mistakes it tears along. Ending in a fantastic TEMPTATIONAL crescendo. We run off for a quick shower and then straight to the airport for a 5.a.m. flight;(

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 2/11/2014

JOSE CUERVO SALON, MEXICO CITY

Here by invitation of another great friend, Hector of Noiselab fame. This is a fantastic bustling city. The people are lovely very friendly and welcoming. I do not get why Americans are so terrified of Mexico? They really should try it.

Every time you mention travelling in Mexico, American’s recoil in absolute horror. The propaganda machine seems to have really worked well. This is a big gig venue tonight and I am wondering what will happen? I hit the gym again but have to give up almost immediatly as I can’t breathe? It’s weird it’s like your breathing but not getting enough oxygen?? It frightens me. I wonder if it’s the virus??? Then I remember……the altitude….dickhead! I throw a few weights around for a while then retreat back to bed and the joy’s of 80’s New Order. As I do the research I am realizing what a product of the 80’s we were. We began in 80 and finished in 90 when Barney split us up to do Electronic.

Gig time comes soon and I head to the there in the intense traffic, which never changes whatever city you are in. GOD THIS PLACE IS HUGE….It’s just like the bad old days. Great setup and as it’s ‘The Day of the Dead!’ There are two huge shrines to Ian, Curtisy of our very generous hosts. It is strange being in Mexico of all places and seeing a shrine at a gig celebrating Joy Div’s music. We break our attendance record tonight…..Hong Kong 2200…..Mexico City….3200! Hooray! We play very well, and the crowd go BONKERS! They are so young most of them…..God bless them all. It is a great night and I do not want it to end. But it does, and then I am marched up stairs to 4 interviews, a meet and greet, and some competition winners? Eh?All of which are to say the least a great surprise?? The line seems to be never ending and I say to Hector….

‘WHERE ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE COMING FROM MATE?’

‘PETER,’ He says, ‘THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE YOU!’

I bet. Cheeky bugger! Love him! As we drive off I pass the mini market outside selling Joy Division Bootlegs outside, more than you could ever count ……about 20 stalls.

Bloody hell! At least we are contributing to both economies Black and Grey.

A happy boy goes home. I am homesick though, missing all my girls. Sleep ok, I am reading Roy Keane’s book, which is very interesting. Up early for our flight to Dallas. I am very proud of my boys. America here we come. WATCH OUT!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, HOOKY’141

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:30:00

The Light - Germany / France Live Dates - Oct 2014

5/10/14 K-17, BERLIN, GERMANY

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I love Berlin. We started coming here in 1980. The atmosphere with the wall up was electric. It was the strangest thing in the world. But gave Berlin a unique atmosphere….so decadent. It was fantastic. Since the wall came down it has changed but still is a wonderful city. It has my favourite hotel in the world ….THE ADLON…where Michael Jackson dangled Blanket….sadly I am not staying there tonight….aaaah needs must! Nice flight over busy tho…..via Cologne…I am still ill. My throat and chest are really bad so I tip off Pottsy that he may be ‘lead’ tonight;) Hold those sighs of relief!!! I am relying heavily on ‘Sandersons throat specific’ that was recommended by a Cruise ship singer….and it works! I feel like shit but I get through….no whooping tho’ fans! This set still feels brand new and is quite daunting. But I am enjoying it immensely. The look on peoples faces when you play certain songs is priceless….absolutely priceless! What a journey this has been, to quote X factor contestants. I can’t believe we have played 7 Albums and over a 100 songs. WOW!

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Gig goes well everyone a little nervous and this place is as hot as hell. Strange seeing Fat Alex in such weird environs…..Late to bed and I spend most of the night coughing….sheeet! Knackered…Drive to Hannover is nice but I can’t talk, again sighs of relief all round;(

6/10/14 HANNOVER, GERMANY

This is a lovely place too and the weather is like summer. I have an easy day with Strepsils, Vocalzone tablets and ‘Specific’ what a life. Too knackered to go to the gym so take it easy again. Get ready for the gig, a nice venue, smallish, but good crowd. We change the set round but I don’t like it. I suppose I worry that with it being the album’s it requires a lot of listening but then think …..it’s art ….so fuck it! Goes very well…daft mistakes disappearing fast. We are getting much more confident now…thank god! I run to bed at the end and sleep for 11 hours…WOW unheard of, must have needed it tho’ feeling marginally better. Long drive to Paris. We have a lottery to see when we will get stuck in the traffic on the way in.

The lottery starts at 18km but Phil wins emphatically at 8km as we are brought to a standstill. Not bad for Paris. I spend most of the day doing The New Order book. Strange using Barney’s for HOW NOT TO WRITE A BOOK ON NEW ORDER! Hard work but up to 1982 on the rewrite’s. Very interesting to concentrate on it, it really is;)

7/10/14 La Machine du Moulon Rouge, PARIS FRANCE

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We are staying in a hotel I have stayed in many times. When I played with The Durutti’s and New Order. I remember me and our lead singer stealing two girls off their boyfriends in this very hotel in the early 80’s ….them were the days HA! Must make a note for my book;) We are close to Jim Morrison’s grave so I may go and pay my respects later…..Gig is packed. I must say thank you to Paris here because we have had great support with The Light ever since we started with JOY DIVISION’S music in 2010. Every gig has been packed. Strangely NEW ORDER never had a good gig here…ever! Until after 2000….Do the Maths?

We play very well, place is hotter than hell….Perfect! I am in a good mood so the old geezer with the ponytail throwing beer backwards on to the stage doesn’t get a visit from my ‘Brain Biter’ or axe/guitar to you. Lovely, to see Michel Duval who started Factory Benelux with Annik Honore in 1980. He has been ill but is very well now…thank god. We are losing too many;( I Love Paris;)

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8/1O/14 CAEN, FRANCE.

Nice trip. Lovely drive, bright but cool weather I am feeling a lot better must be all the sweating. Then we get bad news tonight is cancelled. There have been problems at the venue and the Promoter could not go on with the show. Very sad my apologies to all, nothing I could do I am afraid. We divert to Metz.

9/10/14 METZ, FRANCE

Our last date on this short tour. This is a beautiful city, very medieval in look. We have a rare night off and eat in the Old city at a restaurant that reminds me of my Gran’s house. Great food and a lovely wander round the old city as we search for our hotel. In a stark contrast the venue we are playing is brand new. It has only been open for 3 weeks. I think we are the 4th concert? There are a lot of new venues like this in France and they are amazing. The layout is perfect and they usually incorporate other Arts projects, Radio Station or Gallery etc., The place is really well thought out and built. All the equipment in it is brand new and as soon as I step out on stage the sawdust in the air grabs my throat and brings on my asthma, shit! I take a few puffs on the blue inhaler and I am ok to carry on.

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Strange this always happens when I am near newly sawn wood? Aaron Mellor nearly killed me in York with a newly built stage. God Bless him. An older crowd. But lovely to see many old friends. It is a strange night and I do not know why….we play well but a strange reaction….but we soldier on and by the end we win them over and it ends on a real high. Thank you all. Kamikaze load out and a drive straight to Luxembourg Airport for 5 hours sleep then a subdued trip home. We do not have long before Latin America…and sigh….I have so much to do;)

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:10:42

Peter Hook - Valencia - August 201

LA3 CLUB VALENCIA 30/8/14

I have not DJed for three months, which makes me very nervous.My mate Gordon has just moved over here after a relationship split and it is nice to have a bit of company. The hotel is lovely which does nothing for my pre-gig foreboding. Remember GREAT HOTEL=SHIT GIG! We go for a quick walk round and it is really warm then end up in a lovely Lebanese Restaurant for our sustenance.

Gig time is here before we know it and our hosts take us to the venue. They are very welcoming. The venue is a nice medium sized club, great layout nice size stage.
 

But Gordon and I look at each other in consternation….WHAT THE HE’LL ARE THEY LISTENING TOO!!! It is so fast! It’s like Speed Garage crossed with Latin bass lines. Very empty instrumental stuff. It’s weird. When I get to the stage I see the BPM on the support DJ’s computer(he Is using TRACTOR)it is 136? Now even for a Saturday night that is fast. The crowd are loving it though, a full house looking really manic. I listen for a few numbers 137 then 135 then 136! Shit most of my stuff is 130Bpm it won’t take kindly to being sped up that much.

I get the nod to begin and a great Spanish welcome on the mic. I am in….I try to bring them down a Little, and they give me the chance with only half the dance floor disappearing, but it is clear they don’t appreciate the respite. I wonder are they all speeding? Is it Meow Meow, Crystal? This lot are wired. Strangely enough there are a lot of people here who were on my Ill fated Cruise from a few months ago.

And It’s nice to see them, a really friendly bunch. But the dancers are looking at me as if I have betrayed them. So I panic and speed my stuff up to 132 but it’s not enough,134 but my stuff is too busy and doesn’t sound good. I play what I think is a great Saturday night set but it’s not enough and soon the other DJ starts to set up again. I think Balls! Throw a couple of great tunes on to no avail, this lot are too wired.

I have to admit defeat. The other DJ takes over and I pack up. Gordon and I head into the night…. tails firmly between our legs. I sleep well and we drive to Alicante for my flight home. It’s the last weekend of August and all the flights are full so I have a rare day off. Alicante is a beautiful city and my guide entertains me well…thanks Gordon! We eat in a Michelin starred Tapas Bar. The food is wonderful and we chew the fat for hours. Women eh? Can’t live with ‘em can’t live without them.

I count myself very lucky to have Bex. Thank you God! He then goes to watch the local football team at their 11p.m. Kick off? The heat probably? It’s too much for me and I head for bed. Nice flight the next day is full of kids heading home for school. Come on winter bring it on!

Regards Hooky'14

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:54:03

Peter Hook & The Light - Stockton Weekender To Camp Bestival - July / August 2014

STOCKTON WEEKENDER 27/7/14 

Fly in from Spain. Nice drive over and I know I shouldn’t be amazed, but I always am with how beautiful this part of England can be. Tonight we are on with my old mates REVEREND AND THE MAKERS and PUBLIC ENEMY, an eclectic bill to say the least! Festival is right next to a funfair and is very well attended indeed. 

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Always weird playing in daylight but as the sun starts to go down it gets nice and moody. Strange watching people kick (or punch) really a huge blue plastic ball around in the crowd. As I’m singing I can see who is going to get it right in the neck from behind. It gets a few people and gives them a right belt. Even knocking one over??? I feel like shouting a warning but cannot. The set goes swell. Sound excellent=Happy band.

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Only problem is me nearly cutting my finger off a few days ago in Spain. It was my fault completely, I know I should only cut away from me but it was early, I was using a very sharp knife and the orange skin was a bit leathery, it resisted, I pushed harder and next thing I knew my finger was in half. Luckily quite far down the shaft, shall we say;) Funny when Bex goes, “What have you done? Let me see..” Then nearly faints when I show it to her. It’s too deep to leave so Doctor Barbara puts some stitches in and I am as good as new….apart from the fact that I cannot play?? I think it won’t be a problem cos Jack’s there, but when we come to play it is a shock to realize how much I actually do play. Jack struggles to keep up and I muddle through a couple as best I can. But is very odd. We finish well and I head off, absolutely gutted because there is a box of 12 individually wrapped cup cakes and I can’t get them in my bag;(

Week off then a flight to Rome for the ……

UMBRIA ROCK FESTIVAL 1/8/14

Amazing how brown the Italian’s go in the sun.  A beautiful colour. Weird seeing them in “Made In Italy…. Destroyed in Magaluf” T-shirts too. Lovely flight and great to be in Rome one, of my favourite cities in the world.  Three hour drive to Perugia through some beautiful hilltop villages and spectacular scenery. This is a wonderful place to be. For some reason the driver takes me straight to the site? 

Which is hotter than hell, 38 degrees C. They try to persuade me to stay there because of the stage time, but the boys aren’t even here yet? So I insist on going to the hotel Which is another 45 minutes away. I get there at 6 and am leaving at 7.30 SHIT! Always the same, great hotel no time. Then I get a call to say BASEMENT JAXX have pulled so we are headlining later! HOORAY! Thanks Lads.

A nice relaxing bath and a lovely dinner in the hotel leave’s me ready for anything. It is a long drive back to the gig and the driver is telling me what a problem there have here in Perugia with drink and drugs. This is of course where Meredith Kercher was killed. He reckons the Americans are the worst. I tell him about Magaluf. We are both shocked. Very sad.

We arrive and the festival is rocking and very well done. The lads are on great form and we play really well.  Great sound again on stage and out front. What’s going on? Crowd are excellent and we chase away their Jaxx disappointment. By the time we are packed down and in the bus home it is 1.30 and we are up at 5,30 for a 3 hour dive then 9.30 flight to Gatwick then a drive to Canterbury in our sleeper bus. It is a lovely day so…….

LOUNGE ON THE FARM    2/8/14

Looks great when we arrive. The driver parks next to a big marquee a short walk from our stage. We are using YURTS as dressing rooms(like being back in Mongolia) Watch The Subways who I have not seen for years, great little group. Then settle in for our set later. This crowd are very refreshed and we warm up a treat for FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS. Who I last saw in Abu Dhabi. They had really fallen out onstage and off, and played a storming set. Absolutely brilliant. Then had a big fight in the dressing room. The next day for Dubai, they made up but weren’t half as good…..you cannot win can you? 

We settle down to stay the night at the Fessie, our driver was out of hours, so had to sleep until 5 in the morning before we can set off. The lads really let their hair down and I settle for an early night. But Blow me down….the marquee he parked next too has turned into a Dance Tent and it is throbbing??? I tell you what if I could get my hands on whoever was on from 3 til 5 I would strangle him. At last we set off to…….

CAMP BESTIVAL                  3/8/14

LULWORTH CASTLE DORSET

This is my first time at ROB DA BANK’S Camp Bestival and I have heard great things about it. It is amazing how many kids there are here. Very nice to see. But there are a few very harassed parents. Everyone is knackered after last night but it is a great atmosphere and I get to DJ at THE NANDO’S TENT in return for a black card and a hot meal. What a treat the kids seem to enjoy all my swearing records. It is amazing how many swear words are used today, I suppose we never notice being all grown up. But The Nando’s Staff are very courteous and look after me very well. What a great set up.

We work on SOONER THAN YOU THINK for September’s new set and I cannot wait to play it. WOW it must be twenty plus years since it was played which is a crying shame. The legal battle is still going on and we’re looking for a conclusion soon. I for one will be over the moon when it’s over….three years it has taken.

After the show we watch the fireworks, which are amazing to say the least and last for ages. It is a great idea for the headline bands to go on early as the sun is just setting as we head off to Bristol for my flight back to the sun.

 The traffic is awful though and I do not get to Bristol until nearly 2 and I am up at 6.30 for my flight…..SHEET! Not bad  tho… the airport is quite empty and I get through very easily. Grab some breakfast and everything is seemingly quite civilized…until we get on the plane and the door will not shut….broken hinge??? They are sending an engineer from Stansted so we have to get off and sure enough a 2 hour delay comes on the board….BALLS! I settle in the Escape Lounge, nice but no Scalectrix??? What’s going on East Midlands??? Changes to 3 hours and now I am tired….doze off a little and wake with a start! The board says ‘Boarding” departure at 12.55 I am off leg it and get there at 12.25 but the gate is empty??? Eh? Then the woman on the desk starts screaming at me….’WHAT’S YOUR NAME? WHAT’S YOUR NAME?” I say Hook. As I approach the gate I see my RYANNAIR flight heading up the runway….’OH NO! MY BAGS ON THAT!’ I scream…She says..’Don’t worry he’ll have to come back!’ Lo and behold he does. The plane turns back and drives up to the gate. The door opens and the stairs come down and I am ushered on? When I get in the cabin ALL the kids are screaming….They thought they were off on their holidays…but no…… they had to come back for a middle aged Rock Star! Turns out they had miscounted and because they were late decided to leave early? Cheers Lads 

A nice flight and as we touch down in Majorca I think what a lucky boy I really am!

Cheers Hooky’14

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:24:44

The Light Playtime Festival, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia – August 2014

This gig comes our way at very short notice due to another band pulling out.

The festival has been going for 13 years and this is the first time they have had any international acts. I have always thought of Mongolia as a fascinating place and relished the idea of crossing another country off my globe. It is a one off and a long, long way to go and sadly, only days before Malaysian Airlines MH-17 goes missing. As a business traveller taking planes every week to work….. IT BREAKS MY HEART!

This should not have happened in the first place but seeing the disgraceful way the crash site was treated afterwards is TRULY DISGUSTING! We have to travel AEROFLOT through MOSCOW to get to Mongolia and I seethe all the way. I AM APPALLED! And even stranger find myself agreeing with NICK CLEGG about stripping Russia of The Football World Cup.

I know it is not the people of Russia’s fault. Everytime I have been there I have been looked after wonderfully. But I cannot condone behavior like that. I feel we must all make a stand.

Anyway, arrive in Mongolia and the countryside is beautiful, flat, green and rolling…crying out for a great Enduro bike ride. But there are no roads?. Just the odd Yurt…. WOW! Which looks gorgeous from the plane. We land and ULANBAATUR is a bit like China 20 years ago. Or Stockport 40 years ago!

We have a running gag in THE LIGHT….whenever the lads ask me what a place is like (I have almost always been there before;) I say it’s just like Stockport to wind them up…..you name it Rome, Bogota, Hanging gardens of Babylon etc etc  but today it happens to be true!

We are staying in the countryside and soon realize that there are no roads, as such, in Mongolia. What roads there are…..are shocking. Making ours in England look smooth! We soon turn off the roads? And drive for a long time through a shanty town with Yurts… leading to what I can only describe as Saddleworth Moor and driving straight across it following what can only be described as  feint paths….we are all so tired by now we become hysterical. With Mr. MURPHY being convinced we have been kidnapped and wondering when the ransom demand will come and how much it would be for Ha Ha! 10p?… they’d soon give us back. Eventually we reach the Hotel, which is literally in the middle of nowhere. Our host has arranged a wonderful breakfast, amazingly an English breakfast?

What I think they have done is downloaded a picture of a typical English breakfast and recreated it with Mongolian ingredients? Strange but very interesting and luckily…..very nice. Saying that we are not as puzzled as the Japanese Band that are also staying there when presented with the same thing.

Just our luck though as it starts to rain and a power cut hits as we head off to bed. I pass out straightaway and of course am blinded in an hour or so, when the lights come back on! Then promptly go off again. God knows what will happen when it goes dark?

I never get to find out as I am knocked up and moved to a great western style Hotel in the center of town. It is still raining, so I scramble straight back to my new bed and pass out again. Later I move to the Festival, still raining. The festival site is in the old Hotel Mongolia grounds and it seems like it hasn’t been changed since the 1920’s….very oldy -worldy …..but fascinating. Everyone is wet through a great turnout… full to capacity. We are introduced by The Mayor of Ulanbaatur who is a national hero, being one of the pioneers of democracy in Mongolia, taking it from Russian rule to freedom some 23 years ago! It is still pouring down and the promoter tells me that they have done 12 Festivals before and it has never rained? I tell him it’s his own fault for booking a band from Manchester;)

Sadly the festival is running late….2 hours! By the time we get on the numbers have depleted and everyone looks like drowned Yaks! We play well under the circumstances…. the stage roof is bulging with water, bulging right over our heads, dangling perilously low. They look dangerous so the stage crew start puncturing them so they shower down on to homemade plastic slides and the water pours off the stage.

This is one of the wettest festivals I have ever played! Even wetter than MONACO at GLASTONBURY 2000! We struggle through and it’s a good gig even getting a great reaction from our sodden audience. As we finish and troop off we are met by the promoter  who demands….MORE?

Begging us to play DREAMS NEVER END…..but we have no 6 string basses??? So compromise by playing AGE OF CONSENT ….again…… which feels weird! We trudge through the mud to a 4x4 and practically sail home there is that much water. I get a shower and then back to the Airport for three more flights.  24 hours later I arrive safely back in Majorca. Exhausted, happy and relieved.

MONGOLIA…..TICK!

HOOKY’14

 

 

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:38:11

The Light - Live At Leopardstown Racecourse, Nr Dublin - July 2014

Few days off before this one.

This a part of a series of gigs at Leopardstown Racecourse, an unusual venue and there are noise restrictions because of the horses that have to be worked round. This course itself is huge and an excellent place. Charmingly we have a race named after us with a €20,000 first prize? I was thinking of entering myself! We have a bet each and I win …..HOORAY €75! The last horse race I went to was on my mates stag night years ago…and I only saw one horse being put in a box at the end. Never made it out of the Restaurant bar, God what a day! Anyway, later I get to present the race prize to some lovely ladies! The only downer is the weather, it has not stopped raining all day which as the gig is outside is a little worrying.

However it is beginning to brighten up….. Thankfullu. I must say we are treated royally here and are very grateful for the hospitality. THE HAPPY MONDAYS were here last and everyone still seems in shock……How do they still do it;)? The gig fast approaches and there is a slight delay as the last of the horses are loaded away. We don’t want to cause a stampede now….do we?

 

We begin, the rain dies off and before we know it there is a very sizeable audience. The gig goes very well. This is a JOY DIVISION set and because I am used to playing the albums, feels a little strange to say the least. But it is TOP! We finish off and I spend ages signing and picturing before I head off for my flight to London to meet the wife. THANK YOU DUBLIN!

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:30:17

The Light – Movement / Power Corruption & Lies Dates / The Hop Farm July 2014

THURS 3RD JULY, RESCUE ROOMS, NOTTINGHAM,UK

Now we are back to playing The NEW ORDER albums, MOVEMENT and POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES. I have missed them. They require a lot more practice though and you never really get confident until they have been played a few times. It is so different to playing JOY DIVISION. Apart from the obvious I still cannot for the life of me figure out why? My voice is struggling after the practices, I need to sing to the goats more! I am a little worried to say the least.

 

The Rescue Rooms are an old friend and the gig goes really well with a great reception. As I drive home I cannot help but smile. I never ever thought I would end up with a repertoire of over 80 songs that we can play on any night….weird! Sleep well and set out nice and early for……

FRI 4TH JULY, THE PICTUREDROME, HOLMFIRTH, YORKSHIRE, UK

Part of the TOUR DE FRANCE celebrations.

A NEW ORDER gig again, and after last night I am really looking forward to it. Two supports tonight SLAVES OF VENUS and HANKY PARK, who I have not played with for ages. SHINNY is now solo after deciding he was spending too much time arguing and compromising….humh sounds familiar! He is excellent and as it is my Best Mates birthday today….. TWINNY is 54. Salford is very much in your area.

We play very well, everything goes very smoothly, great crowd. Twinny then joins us on stage for WORLD IN MOTION to do the rap. It is his birthday! We were hoping to celebrate THE ENGLAND TEAM doing well in Brazil with the song but that didn’t happen so thought sod it! I enjoy singing it! Me and him are all over the place but have a great time. As I set off afterwards watching TWINNY and SHINNY wobbling away to the wilds of HUDDERSFIELD I feel the ghost of my former excessive lifestyle brush against me. I shudder….gun the car and head off to do battle with the speed traps of Yorkshire. What a battle it is….as all the roads are closed my Sat Nav is constantly updating and changing the route. I am all over the place. Takes me ages to get out and get home. Sleep well again.

SAT 5th JULY FIBBERS, YORK

This is one of my partner’s venues. Aaron promptly changed the venue after a row with the landlord to THE TOKYO PROJECT. This terrifies the lads as THE PROJECT is a disco but after losing FIBBERS once before, a while ago, I decide to go for it anyway.  Nice drive listening to SHINNY’S new HANKY PARK CD. IT IS EXCELLENT. GREAT SONGS and a GREAT PRODUCTION. I heartily recommend it! I phone him to congratulate him and he tells me how, in a state, he left his guitar, (a beautiful MARTIN) in the back of the cab last night and it is gone;( Sometimes I am very glad my Demon’s are exorcised!

Arrive safely and It is a great night. Fantastic audience. The boy’s play really well and afterwards we are all very happy. Nice to see FAT ALEX and KELVIN from DELTA FIVE looking so well. Then we settle down in Aaron’s office for the HOLLAND v COSTA RICO Penalties. Aaron is in LAS VEGAS again but a Non Alcoholic beer is chinked for him. Lovely night. Hotel is right opposite the venue. So Sleep well and a nice early start to……

SUN 6TH JULY, THE HOP FARM FESTIVAL, PADDOCK WOOD, KENT

We have done this before when VINCE POWER had it and it was a great gig. We were in a Marquee playing opposite BOB DYLAN. We did not hold out much hope but ended up with 5000 plus….Thanks Bob!

Lovely afternoon but the Festival seems a little quiet…… but very nice, We are following THE BEAT, who pack the tent. Very tight group. We are up against BILLY OCEAN later. Who Pottsy tells me is great live? Certainly not my cup of tea! We play our Hybrid set, not my favourite…… but an excellent selection none the less. But I am sad to report, whilst we beat BOB we cannot beat BILLY and our Marquee stays stubbornly half empty. Ah well, can’t win them all.

I set off home in the sun with HANKY PARK again for company. Don’t forget if you come across a BLACK MARTIN being sold by a taxi driver in Huddersfield. Drop me an e mail….THERE IS A REWARD! Great four on the trot and my voice has held out!!! Yippee!!!;) I will make a singer yet! Get home safe…long drive…knackered!

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:02:00

The Light - Primavera Sound - Barcelona - May 2014

PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL PARC DEL FORUM, BARCELONA, SPAIN

THURS 29TH MAY 2014

Back to work…..I love it.

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It is a real privilege to be asked to play here as one of their ‘hidden’ gigs. We have been asked to play UNKNOWN PLEASURES in a hall ‘hidden’ somewhere on the site. The gig is announced only on the day of the festival and is a strict limited edition, only 700 tickets available …. delightedly ours sells out straight away. The other hidden gig is BUZZCOCKS playing ANOTHER MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT KITCHEN…. which has a lovely synergy to it.

We arrive easily and are staying in The Princess Hotel. A beautiful 5 star right next to the site. This could not get any better. Usually supplied hotels are, shall we say…. a little cheaper. So no complaints here! The boys go off to sound-check and I work on my book in my room. The hotel is full of bands so later Phil and I have a swim and a sunbathe at the rooftop pool, overlooking the whole of the festival site and nearby beach, gorgeous! As the sun goes down so do we and prepare for the night ahead.

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We have Rowetta with us for this gig which is great. Now THE HAPPY MONDAYS are back she has become a rare commodity. The festival is packed and as we drive our way carefully to the hidden stage, it brings back memories of NEW ORDER’s appearance here (but I’ll leave that for the book) The ‘hidden’ venue is great brand new and very well equipped. I am more than a little nervous. But we sail through, the boys are great, Ro is great. A wonderful audience too. Later as we sit backstage dripping in sweat as Ro regales us with tales of THE HAPPY MONDAYS ’14 and very entertaining they are too. Nice to see the boys are still flying the flag for MADCHESTER;) After a similarly entertaining drive back to the hotel, our Spanish driver getting lost many times but giving us a wonderful tour as he does so, we finish off with a drink in the bar and then gratefully head for bed. ARCADE FIRE are head lining but I am knackered. As I GET READY for bed the festival is a distant beat and hum in the background. 4.a.m wow! These Spaniards live late. Then O.M.G. ARCADE FIRE come on and all HELL let’s loose!!! It’s like they are in the bloody room with you….SHEEET! Earplugs, pillows, nothing works. I live through their set with them. Now I know why we got the great hotel? You certainly couldn’t charge anyone to stay here…..THATS FOR SURE! At 6.a.m it stops and silence reigns ….at last.

Everyone is very bleary eyed the next day and quiet as we head home. Thank you to the Spanish people and Barcelona for living up to your well deserved reputation.

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:00:54

The Light France - 8 - 10 May 2014

FRANCE MAY 2014

WOW! These dates come round so quick??? Before you know it you’re practicing again! 

Off to FRANCE, which after last weeks DJ adventures seems all too soon. Been having some great gigs (not DJ I’m afraid) in France so fingers crossed x

Nice late flight from the airport. Always much less rabid than the morning …. Thank god! 

Short flight to TOULOUSE 1.15 mins. We have a rare evening off. The lads go drinking but I am off to bed. Lovely day the next day and the lads spend it by the pool. Unfortunately I cannot join them as I put my stuff in the van which does not arrive til the afternoon;( So because I am a commando no swimming for me! Spend the day listening to them having fun through my open window, while I slave away over a HOT computer and have conference calls to Barristers…….WHAT A LIFE!

The van arrives and I head for the Gym. Manage 30 mins nonstop 1% 11kmp.h. nearly set for the 10K;)

LE METRONUM, TOULOUSE

 

Head for the gig which is a beautiful brand new venue. Hardly spoilt at all……yet! Place is nicely full. The set tonight is a hybrid, a cross between NEW ORDER and JOY DIVISION. Not my favourite of our many incarnations but is beginning to be requested more and more. After getting used to playing the LP’s it is hard to get used to doing it, shall we say, in a more ’ordinary’ way or traditional way;( But I bite the bullet and despite our drummer’s sore thumb (he thought he had broken it!) it goes well. Fold back (sound on stage) is a bit wild and takes a while to settle down. Then I break a string….aaaarrrgh! Then an Amplifier goes haywire sending a enormous awful racket through our foldback….double aaaarrrgh! But we play well and Pottsy does a great job of the backing vocals and his fantastic guitar playing on SHADOWPLAY blows me away! WELL DONE SON!

We play WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME and it is a great end. We pack down and grin our way back to the Hotel. Nice night.

Late breakfast and a very civilized trip to MARSEILLES. We watch the film CLICK (BRILLIANT!) which makes me long for some time off? 6 months ….a year maybe? I have not stopped working for any amount of time since NEW ORDER split up in 2006. Since THE LIGHT began I have been playing more and more….and I am getting more and more aware of how short life is and when someone told me to work out how many summers you’ve got left…….average? 27 if I live to 85??? It is a lot less than you’ve had! What a sobering thought!

Anyway, no more dwelling on that! Strangely enough I am in the same hotel as when I DJ’ed ages ago…which is WEIRD. Now one thing I would say is that if you think your life is dull? Predictable? Samey? Have a walk round MARSEILLES train station preferably after dark…..WHAT A PLACE! This place is ON THE EDGE MAN! Truly terrifying…..and I’m from SALFORD!!!!  I remember  Djing with AUTORATZ and we both went down terribly in this club. Afterwards I headed home in shame, but they stayed drinking coming to the hotel at first light just as the first skateboarders were arriving at the station…The lead singer blagged a skateboard and drunkenly went for a spin….promptly coming off and landing on his head! With no hair to cushion the blow it took him age. Head for gig(no pun intended;) …….

ESPACE JULIEN, MARSEILLES

 

Which is in a beautiful, very bohemian part of town. Loads of funky bars and restaurants. This place is packed and hotter than HELL! We begin and are soaked straight away. Good atmosphere and we motor through NEW ORDER then have 5 minutes to catch our breath before JOY DIVISION. As we begin it’s obvious the audience are wilting with us? Before we know it another 12 songs are down and it’s TRANSMISSION to finish. But I am too hot!!! I have to go off and cool down….seconds later, it seems, we are back for an encore and we crawl off…..exhausted. My belt and boots are wet through. This goes alongside CHICAGO METRO 1981 and SALINAS SYDNEY 1983 as my three hottest gigs ever! Takes us ages to recover and we have a nightcap on the Hotel terrace, which is lovely. I dare the lads to go in the Station… they say no;( Kids today eh?…..Bed.

Wake up early so a bit knackered today. Airport is quiet and a civilized short flight to PARIS followed by a two hour drive gets us to…….

ROCK’N RISLE FESTIVAL, SAINT PHILBERT DU RISLE

Another 2 hours to our Hotel, but it is quaint beyond belief and they cannot do enough for us. I retire and the Lads head to the Festival. Before I know it I am on my way too and the setting is fantastic! Like a French fairytale with kids and dogs everywhere…a real party atmosphere…like a village fete;) We play well although it is cold, very cold (a real contrast with last night) Short set tonight ….an hour??? I blink and it is over. Back to the hotel nice and early and the Proprietress insists on feeding us a wonderful steak dinner. Wonderful hospitality. I retire after watching DAREDEVIL and have some lovely dreams. Have to remember that combination. Up latish but tired…2 hours back to PARIS and we chat away the hours with plans for the future that I am very happy about;) New material at last. I am really looking forward to it. JET 2 home is fine.

Regards Hooky’14

Sun, 25 May 2014 14:36:31

Peter Hook DJ Sets - Barcelona / Nice - May 2014

CLUB CATWALK, BARCELONA

This is always a nostalgic destination for me.

 Mani got me to do my first DJ gig here at CLUB RAZZAMATTAZZ IN 2004 for his great friend JOSE.  When I asked him what I should do….. (because I couldn’t DJ back then) He said…..“Stand there, Look pretty and answer questions about why NEW ORDER won’t gig!”
 

Which is exactly what I did. Introduced,well and truly, to the wonderful world of playing other peoples music for a living, as well as my own!
 

DJ'ing is weird. You go, on trust, to some far, very far flung destinations hoping someone will be there to meet you….absolute madness! No sane person would consider it! Saying that I have been to some wonderful places and met some wonderful people, had some great gigs and some awful ones. But MY GOD it has been interesting and exciting in equal measures! I have met consummate professionals, hopeless dreamers and every mix in-between. It has been fantastic. I must have done upwards of 600 gigs and learnt something new at every one. This outing was no different. Strange that the DJing put another nail in NEW ORDERS coffin. BARNEY(who tried to get me to DJ for years) but when I did start gave me so much grief about the NEW ORDER name being used by the Promoters for my DJing that we had to write a clause in the Contract forbidding it? The Promoters, quite rightly, ignored it. As did BARNEY whenever he DJ'ed…funny old world, never do as I do ALWAYS do as I say;) Ah well……
 

Late flight to BARCA is a treat. Lovely hotel and VINCE my contact is wonderful. He tells me a great story about BLACK GRAPE arriving to do a gig at a club he worked at in VALENCIA.
 

They turned up for the soundcheck trying to score half a kilo of draw and a 100 grams of Prince? And being royally pissed off when they were told it would be difficult?? Strange thing was he said, they didn’t bother about a soundcheck or the equipment??? With THAT shopping list….who would?

 

Anyway, THE CATWALK CLUB is on the beach/port area near RAZZAMATAZZ, and the area is throbbing at 2.a.m on a wednesday evening? How do the SPANISH do it? It is quiet in here but its all great equipment so I have a great time. Dragged out for an interview at the end about THE CULTURE OF CLUBBING? But my interviewer hardly speaks English?? but as we are on a roof terrace overlooking the city it is quite enjoyable. Bed for 5a.m. KNACKERED!

PULLMANTUR SOVEREIGN, THE HIGH SEAS. 

My next gig is at sea! A festival on a boat. This is going to be interesting I think…..There is a huge queue to get on the boat and it takes 3hours to board. I am in the company of STEVE HOVINGTON from the group B-MOVIE, who made one of my favourite 12" mixes of all time with their song NOWHERE GIRL! VINCE has to leave us now as he is babysitting his sick daughter, his is on crutches as well as mine?…..how weird! As he leaves he tells me that the organisers have us down as a Cabin share? At 58 I gasp??? The last time I shared was with ANDY ROBINSON (NEW ORDERS then Tour Manager in 1987. I stopped rooming with him because he was partying too much??? see POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES….INSIDE NEW ORDER for details:) A long time ago to say the least? He said the Promoter thought that because we were both Musicians we would have a lot to talk about? But he assures me they will sort it out once we are onboard.

Strangely they address Steve as B-MOVIE? After another queue to check in on the boat for another 1.30 hours, with me joking to STEVE that it’ll be a double bed…and I want dinner first…. It bloody is! The cabin is so tiny you couldn’t swing a kitten round let alone a cat! So for two 50 year old men it is quite disconcerting!  But we laugh it off and go for dinner…more queues! I am knackered and this boat is really crowded so I head to the cabin/cell for a nap. Only to be woken by B-MOVIE as he wants to  get ready….I have to vacate the cabin for him to do this…this is getting beyond a joke….so I storm off to find the promoter…who…you’ve guessed it….has disappeared??? By the time I find him I am fuming and he takes one look at my face and drags me to reception. Luckily for him one of the DJ’s flights was cancelled so there is a room…the only room on the ship!!! All he has to do is find it… But he only knows the DJ’s stage name and so as the list contains her real name….he can’t find her? The list is over 500 names long and he has to go through every one until he finds the empty cabin…like a mad game! O.M.G.! I am ready to KILL! Luckily again for him, he finds it on the fourth go! I snatch the key and move in to my new cell. B-MOVIE will be delighted:) When I get in I promptly fall asleep and miss STEVE and NOWHERE GIRL…Balls! 

It’s 10.30 and I still do not know where the gig is…there is no Stage Manager and no Production Manager and no Promoter? Some punters take pity on me and take me to a private function room at the top of the ships funnel which is like a nice club with a 360* degree view all round. This looks good and a DJ begins…. Only thing is the weather has taken a turn for the worse and as we are at the very top of the ship it is pitching around like crazy. No one has to dance as you are moving around desperately trying to keep your footing! 

Then I notice there are no CD decks? I ask the Promoter, who has at last appeared…what will we do??

 "Aha!“ he says….and gestures for me to follow him??? I follow. He takes me down to the Ship’s Disco?…. full of nice families and cheesy songs and arranges for me to play here! 

"Here?” I scream…“Whaaaaat! But all the fans are upstairs?” “I will bring them down!” he says… Now I look round and have to laugh…how did it come to this I wonder? It is funny I have to admit;)

So duly, after a medley of GREASE and Y.M.C.A in all it’s glory! I go on….and it is OK! The people come down and it is a good night. The resident DJ THEO is very nice and helpful and while I can safely say most of my stuff makes it’s one and only debut and final appearance in ZOOM DISCO on the high sea! I enjoy myself. I have a fag on deck at the end and laugh into the wind….

“MANI YOU BASTARD!” YOU AND YOUR BLOODY BRIGHT IDEAS!“ I’m joking it is certainly better than working for a living.

I sleep well and then because it’s raining and everyone decides to go ashore? Have to fight through over a 1000 people desperate to get off the bloody ship! Most are outraged as I fight my way through with my cases…..what a trip…..FOOOK ME! Luckily the airport and flight are quiet so home well but tired. Feeling strangely blue the day after though;) must be seasickness?

HOOKY MAY'14

 

Sun, 25 May 2014 13:18:31

The Light Portugal April 2014

Our next jaunt is to PORTUGAL

I had been on holiday but never played until I went with THE DURUTTI COLUMN IN 1994. NEW ORDER had split up in 1990 and although we had reconvened for REPUBLIC I was convinced it was over.  I was invited by VINI REILLY and BRUCE MITCHELL to join them on this small tour. I was wondering what to do next,? So thought this would be a good experiment. I will save that for POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES…..INSIDE NEW ORDER! When we arrived completely under rehearsed, having been led by VINNIE into thinking it was a very low key affair. The first date was in LISBON to 5000 people???….I was terrified. But the people we’re wonderful. We have been back as THE LIGHT a few times now and always been very well received.  We are playing both JOY DIVISION ALBUMS, UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER.

Travel well with the new passenger friendly RYANNAIR! Which is a great improvement. Almost a pleasure.  Fly into LISBON but then have a 3 hour drive to…..

TEATRO AVEIRENSE, AVIERO, PORTUGAL .

Nice hotel. It is 3a.m. so straight to bed. Lovely day next day….shorts out HOORAY! Lovely theatre, all seated with BOTH great sound and great foldback! We support as NEW ORDER and everything sounds great. Great reaction and after smashing it completely with EVERYONE dancing in the aisles, we are very happy. Late finish leaves us all wiped out so straight to bed again,  I leave the lads to their Lobby Party. Everyone is beaming at breakfast and then a short drive in lovely weather to PORTO. We are staying in Porto and commuting to……

CASA DES ARTES, VIA NOVA DE FAMALICAO,

Another seated venue.

I arrive to play and it couldn’t be more different to the night before. We do a pretty radical NEW ORDER set list buoyed from our success last night. But the sound is terrible, awful! No ones fault …..it just happens sometimes. It is very important to handle yourself correctly in these situations. You have to keep the RIGHT attitude. There have been people I have worked with in the past who used to fly off the handle, shall we say, making life VERY difficult and miserable for everyone…which achieves nothing….. apart from misery all round! Ah well…..

The crowd are fine and we struggle on valiantly even smiling or grimacing to each other. It’s NEW ORDER that is the problem because of the backing tracks.  By the time we get to JOY DIVISION it settles down and a good time is had by ALL! That will teach me to get complacent. We analyse it all on the way back but there are no rational explanations and it’s times like this I wish we had the spending power that a big organization wields….I MISS YOU JERRY!;)

Sleep well and a lovely 3 hour drive, in bright sunshine, to LISBON.

Lovely hotel right by the harbor. Enjoy myself very much with an afternoon of tourism. Portugal is a lovely country and very reasonable pricewise. The horror stories of the recession are hardly evident at all! IT’S GORGEOUS!

AMAZEN F, LISBON

This is our only standing gig

JACK loves them but insanely I prefer seated venues these days. It is HOT in here! But the sound is good. It looks like a 70’s club all chrome and mirrors but a GREAT crowd. We storm it again and go down a storm too. Thank you Lisbon and maybe one day THE DURUTTI COLUMN may return;) Late checkout the next day so have a lovely lunch on the seafront. I am tired though….must be age?

Love Hooky’14

 

Sun, 25 May 2014 11:02:59

The Light - China & Hong Kong - March 2013

No.79, EAST DISTRICT, BEIJING

This will be my third visit to China.

I first went in 2007 then 2011 and now 2014. The changes between the first two dates was very palpable. I am wondering if there will be such a difference this visit? The first time I had real culture shock, with both the food and the lifestyle. It really was a strange place?….. but very enjoyable none the less!

The gap between rich and poor seemed huge even in the geography of the city. Huge over the top skyscrapers right next to something that looks like the old T.V. series KUNG FU with DAVID CARRADINE. I do remember it was illegal to cross on a red man at a pedestrian crossing….mandatory and immediate week in prison(saw an old lady get dragged off) but it was legal to drive a motorbike with a whole family and 20 chickens on, along the pavement? Go figure!

The crowd in the clubs I played was mainly Chinese who didn’t seem to know the music but were very enthusiastic.  The Club’s were really enjoying the freedom and one club notably had 3! FUNCTION ONE SOUND SYSTEMS ….ALL GOING AT ONCE!!! It was very, very LOUD! I pushed my ear defender so far down one ear that I had to get the concierge at the hotel (who didn’t speak a word of English) to get it out with a toothpick….he was TERRIFIED!

Going back in 2011 the place had been homogenized and there were KFC’s and STARBUCKS everywhere, although Internet freedom was still very limited. There is much more western food available and the crowd was more mixed. Pretty equal ex pats and Chinese. I am very interested to see what it will be like this time.

Lovely flight over, thank you BA! We arrive in Beijing late in the evening and the hotel we are in is very Chinese, but cute and right next to the venue. The most important part! Beijing is charming and has a lovely culture. The showtime is here before we know it and our Chinese hosts are very amenable. The venue is small about 650 but sold out;)

Very poignant being here as World Travellers after the MH 370 tragedy.

We pay our respects and play ATMOSPHERE for the victims.

The show begins…….and it is wild from start to finish! What a GREAT CROWD! JOY DIVISION in China who would have thought it? From beginning to end the crowd never stop… even crowd surfing for CANDIDATE. We even have a young lady in stockings and suspenders crowd surfing? POTTSY never fell over! What a fantastic start and we are delighted! I decide to stay on English time, much to the lads amusement, so on our 5a.m. leave the next morning there are a few bleary eyes…… but it’s  9p.m. for me though hee hee;) Noodles for breakfast.  Nice flight soon over. Thank God!

HAI MAO LIVE HOUSE, SHANGHAI

Arrive in Shanghai and it is a huge city, more westernized than Beijing but very nice. Tonight is larger and packed again. The audience is much more reserved than Beijing but by the end they are eating out of our hands. RESULT! Do a huge signing and then back to the hotel for another sleepless night. Get a lot of work done though which is nice. Just feel sleepy at 5a.m. and we are leaving at 5.30a.m. …..sheet! Noodles for breakfast again! Nice smooth flight to Hong Kong at least? NO! We board and on the flight the turbulence is terrible! The passengers are terrified screaming etc. But we all laugh hysterically like idiots! Tiredness I suppose? The plane is bucking like a rodeo bull!  The approach to land in HONG KONG is right over the sea so is WILD anyway!

We land and at least have arrived safely, Hong Kong is HUGE! Still looks like BLADERUNNER. I am lucky I’ve been here about 5 times. The first time as NEW ORDER in 1983. We played at THE CANTON DISCO and I remember there being no one there? But one of our Hosts was and says we had about 400 people….how weird that your memory can play such tricks! That NEW ORDER tour was wild and I enjoyed writing about it in POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES….INSIDE NEW ORDER …..available in all good bookshops soon;) Lovely hotel THE REGAL. We all go straight to bed as we are knackered.

KITEC MUSIC STAR HALL, HONG KONG

The gig tonight is a huge hall and we have over 2000 people….. a great turnout! The gig goes really well and is over before I know it. As I grab a cigarette on the outside of the hall, which overlooks the whole steamy city, I reflect on what Ian would have made of China? We never thought for one moment that those songs we wrote in SALFORD/MACC in the 70’s would bring you to this! What an achievement…well done mate! Later we are delighted to see two of our old friends SHAN and MUZZER, who are working with WHITE LIES who are playing tomorrow. SHAN HIRA was THE STOCKHOLM MONSTERS drummer who ended up my partner at SUITE 16(formerly CARGO STUDIOS ROCHDALE) and MUZZER is an old friend who has roadied for EVERYONE! And I mean everyone! From SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES to MONACO, PRIMAL SCREAM etc etc., Catching up is lovely but I have to crawl to bed soon and leave the drinkers to it. We have a lie in tomorrow before out night flight home so we go out for dinner before we leave.

A lovely end. Travel home safely thank you all!

Hooky’14

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:28:08

The Light - Barrow / Hull / Cardiff - China Warm Up Dates - March 2014

THE NINES, BARROW-IN-FURNESS

This is the first of three warm up gigs for China. We have not played JOY DIVISION much lately and whilst I have great faith in the lads and myself these days (for the first time strangely?) It is lovely to have it down pat, as they say.

A lovely drive down to Barrow and I am amazed at how industrial this town is. I pass huge hangars and massive Industrial units on both sides of the road all the way into town….Impressive!

Definitely a manufacturing town.

I am recovering from a HUGE head cold that grew into Sinusitus and Laryngitus. I lost my voice completely…Who said good? Shame on you!;) Anyway after a week on anitbiotics I am still suffering so have to take it easy. Which is not that easy with JOY DIVISION vocals. They are much harder on your throat than NEW ORDER vocals …surprisingly….I am dosed up with Linctus, throat and chest and have a secret weapon…SANDERSON’S SPECIFIC! Recommended by Mad Doctor Hugh no less.

It must be good cause it tastes like SHIT! Absolutely bloody awful! We go for it and it gets me through, a little hoarse at the end and with much less whooping….I make it to the end. We get a great reaction and a full house roars it’s approval even Moshing in the pit to CANDIDATE. I head into the night a very happy bunny and enjoy Radio 4 and ringing ears all the way home.

FRUIT, HULL

Another nice trip to HULL.

We first played here a long, long time ago as NEW ORDER in 1982 or 3? Pretty sure it was after Deeside leisure Centre. John Keenan the Promoter suggested it as a way of earning back the money we lost at Deeside. We went with very bad expectations, had a shit time, a shit freezing gig and left thinking HULL a definite SHIT HOLE! Thinking…they only got one letter wrong!

I kept this impression for years and years and it was only dispelled by a trip to produce a record with NYAM NYAM, a HULL based group for FACTORY. They recorded in the suburbs and they were beautiful! The suburbs not the group;) I was very impressed. So now much more open-minded I head there again. I am staying tonight for a little luxury, In the Old Station Hotel which is very nice too. I chill out? Reading LINCOL TOWNSLEY’S new book. Lincoln is married to DENICE WELCH who we have partied with on and off over the years and I have watched her ups and downs closely. Her son is a nice kid, the lead singer of THE 1975., big JOY DIVISION fan. Since they married it seems they are now both sober and his book is the story of his addiction. It is not an easy read. It is frightening and nightmare-ish and very , very sexually graphic. But not in a sexy way. If you know what I mean. But as a battler of the bottle and class A’s I can relate to most of it. Could I recommend it? Tough question…it certainly gets a reaction. I lent it to POTTSY, who had run out of reading material, and he couldn’t handle it….ending up hiding it….like the runes…. on the plane from SHANGHAI to HONG KONG….silly bugger!;)

Anyway gig time comes all too soon and I am quite confident having rested my voice all day. Grab THE SPECIFIC and off we go. The gig is shall we say intimate. A great good natured crowd. SOLD OUT again! YIPPEE! We play very well. I hang back a little less ON THE VOX and enjoy myself greatly. We have a caravan in the dressing room again? What’s going on? Sleep well and after a hearty Hull breakfast drive to ……

THE GLOBE, CARDIFF

Quite a trip this I am surprised and it takes a while. Good journey OLIVER REED gets given his head often. Cardiff is a beautiful city, the waterfront is lovely but tonight we are in town and miss it. A FULL HOUSE again and we rip it up I am rested again and ANDY POOLE sings like bloody KYLIE MINOGUE crossed with JANIS JOPLIN! I will have to keep an eye on him;) Great gig I am nearly back to normal and hardly holding back.  A little hoarse still at the end but I think I will be fine for CHINA, hooray!

Head into the night with OLIVER singing away and we get nearly all the way home safely with hardly any traffic. I’m racing the Sat-Nav all the way knocking 25 minutes off the time and really enjoying myself. But just as I get to SANDBACH Services I need petrol. Stop to fill up and I lose 5 minutes, so I roar off again. Then I hit traffic for the first time so slow down. As I pass this car in the middle lane he indicates to turn out just as I am passing him? It alarms me! I sound the horn cursing. Then he comes right up my arse and only has one headlamp which is dazzling ….so I shoot off, he follows too closely….. I think….”This is weird?” So slow again to let him pass. Then….on come the bloody blue lights ….it’s an unmarked copper! WHAT A BASTARD! He is in no mood to let me off and I get the Golden ticket.

So let that be a lesson to you kids…DO NOT SPEED! And DO NOT RACE THE SAT NAV!;(

HOOKY’14

Wed, 07 May 2014 10:26:16

IRELAND

Still suffering greatly with my Glasgow cold. But off we go…..

We have a lot of friends in Tramore near Waterford, so am looking forward to this one. Interesting concept, the idea is to show CONTROL with a Q and A after then a DJ set. Now I have done these before and they are a little tricky…It is to do with age. The people who like the film’s etc are generally older and don’t cross over to the DJ set but let’s give it a go.

Nice travel over an after noon flight so the airport is dead quiet brilliant. Nice being with my girls for a change but it costs a BLOODY fortune in DUTY FREE;(

WATERFORD

Arrive safely and check in the Hotel. Meet friends and have a lovely dinner. The evening approaches so I tuck the girl’s in and go to work. The talk is lovely and informal more like a chat and goes very well. About 70 people but when the disco starts they, as I thought, drift off leaving me and a few stalwarts to boogie the night away. Nice evening! 

After a hearty Irish breakfast I catch up with a lovely old mate its lovely to see him. Lunch with friends and then a nice drive to DUNDALK (everyone tells me this is a weird place and they are Irish?) I am intrigued…..

I must say as we leave Tramore, which is beautiful. The cloud shapes are amazing, flat and in layers like big cakes. Breathtaking….

DUNDALK

Fair old drive but I get an hour in the Hotel before the gig. The gig is like a old northern social club but a great layout with a big stage and screen and seating with a small dance floor in the middle front of stage. 

Reminds me of BOP LOCAL IN CHORLTON, MANCHESTER. It is packed and considering it’s AFTER Ireland win the Rugby Final, everyone is in great shape. The talk and Q an A goes well for a long time,. They have to bring it to an end because of the curfew. I set up to spin and within minutes the dance floor is full.  A GREAT NIGHT IS HAD BY ALL….WHAT A LOVELY SURPRISE!

It’s over all too soon and I get a chance to chat to a few people afterwards as I wait for my taxi, some real characters. 

FYI…..Dundalk by the way is home both to PAYPAL and EBAY.

By this time my cold has passed to my chest and I am suffering greatly…I keep losing my voice with coughing fits and I go to China next weekend with 6 gigs on the trot…….aaaaaarggghh! Have to go to the Doctor’s I think? Nice sleep and travel home with no voice whatsoever now ….worrying! 

HOOKY’14

Wed, 07 May 2014 10:12:00

Hooky DJ Set - Firetrap Glasgow

I have said it before and I will say it again….GLASGOW has a very close affinity with MANCHESTER.

Why? I do not know why. But I am glad it has. In my short DJ career I have played this club three times and GLASGOW many, many times. I’ve lost count of my gigging adventures here. The people are wonderful.

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I am staying at The Malmaison Hotel, which feels a little odd because I had a small, shall we say, breakdown? The last time I stayed here. I have just gone through it again for The NEW ORDER book and It made me a bit shivery to say the least. I suppose that is the good thing about doing the book, all the skeletons are dusted off and rattled! This particular one had wonderful ingredients…a gig …..drugs, of course……a few mad friends……..a power cut…..loads of alcohol………a horny guitarist………..and a whore! I better stop there! You won’t buy the book otherwise;) 

If you’re wondering….I'd just had the breakdown!

I remember I couldn’t face flying so ANDY R. drove me home to Manchester, stopping at various Stone Circles on the way….weird….. but quite apt with the way I was feeling. Was just before I went in The Priory. I was very low.

Talking about books….It seems Steve Morris is hawking a book round but doesn’t have a title yet? How about “Gone With The Wind”, Steve? Or “The Other One? “;)

Anyway it will be much quieter in Glasgow tonight. I wander down there and am met by the owner and his son who are lovely. Then it’s in the cage for the evening (Dj booth is like a cage!) The CD players are very old and mismatched, one is very cheap and the other is CDJ 1000 (my favourite), but has done a lot of miles, to say the least! For the more technical amongst you….. the cheap one  doesn’t read the BPM or cue and the CDJ cue is broken and has a dodgy start switch. So it makes the evening quite exciting! The warm up lads are playing mainly Indie rock and Madchester. The place is packed with a great bunch of mainly young people. I think FOOK IT! Playing a lot of new dance stuff with timely planted Older stuff and it goes GREAT! I shake hands and pose for hundreds of photos as Barney used to say in his high pitched whine ….”IT’S JUST A PA!’

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Maybe so but I enjoy myself immensely. I walk home smiling through the dark wet streets. I feel so much better about myself now. Sleep well and have a lovely drive home avoiding speed traps on the motorway;)

‘Til next time GLASGAEx

Hooky’14

PS If I ever find out which one of you gave me the stinking cold I woke up with on Monday morning I’ll KILL YOU! Salford Kiss for you;(

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:58:21

Peter Hook - Palais De Musica - Porto

Tonights gig is at the PALAIS DE MUSICA in Porto.

I’m a bit bleary eyed at the airport to say the least. But if that’s all I have to worry about I cannot complain. It is so sad about that MALAYSIAN plane disappearing, those poor people and their poor relatives. It is heartbreaking to watch. Makes you wonder how a plane with nearly 300 people on can just disappear? I am seriously spooked and this weekend and have 4 flights! One of the few drawbacks to this bloody job….the travelling! I remember ROGER SANCHEZ telling me once that he plays for free…“They pay me to travel man! I hate flying!” he said…I agree;)

Travel safely(phew) and arrive to a beautiful day in PORTUGAL. My guide is a little subdued as he tells me his missus moved out last night and then he had to DJ after…before you ask he did not do a TONY BLACKBURN (Google it!)  In the lovely hotel I eat and go straight to sleep waking at 11.45 WOW! I must have been more tired than I thought? Get ready for the gig and as my lift doesn’t turn up…..I walk to the gig, luckily only down the road! This is an amazing purpose built venue for gigs, orchestras etc. and has a huge modern bar for DJ’s with a GREAT sound system. Which is workin……HOORAY!

Everyone is staring at me which is a little disconcerting but you can smoke??? So I hide in the haze. Play a load of modern stuff which surprises them but goes down well. Big ending and we are done! A million photos later and as I walk the streets of PORTO back to the hotel. I am very happy;) just check the T.V and still no sign of that bloody aircraft……HOW WEIRD?

It’s 3.45 and I am up at 7.45…..really strange dreams! Beautiful day and my host is on time to pick me up for the airport. He tells me his friend who was supposed to pick me up and bring me to the gig phoned him at 12.50 and has not been seen or heard of since? He says this is very out of character for him? How strange;( Fly back safely, I am blessed! 

Thank you Lord, Hooky ‘14

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:55:00

Peter Hook - "The Ashley-ienda" / Forever Manchester Ball The Lowry - March 2014

Time for the ASHLEY BROOK PUB, Liverpool road, Salford ‘HACIENDA CHARITY NIGHT’ which has always raised a lot of money for all the causes supported every year. In my usual fashion I had double booked it with THE FOREVER MANCHESTER CHARITY NIGHT 'THE MIRROR BALL’ in The Lowry Hotel, Salford. So I had to do both in one night?

 "Hey……it’s for Charidee!“

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THE FOREVER MANCHESTER night couldn’t be more opposite to The Ashley Brook. It is at The Lowry 5star hotel a really glitzy affair with Lots of TV stars, and beautiful(obviously rich) people. Representing Manchester’s musical side….. just me and Rowetta. I am DJing and Ro singing. The ball starts with a lovely meal and the fundraising goes very, very well. It is a pretty raucous atmosphere to say the least….Ro goes down great and I DJ after with lots of beautiful people dancing. Only problem is I can’t attract the attention of anyone to relieve ma as my spot comes to an end? I can’t be late for THE ASHLEY! Unfortunately all I can do is put a track on and leg it, leaving the Cd behind….they’ll notice when the track stops ,..I think! 

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Nice drive to the ASHLEY, typically late I am bombing it then get stuck behind a cop car nearly all the way there……curses! When I do get there it is MAYHEM! The sound system has blown and cannot be fixed….there is no noise? DAVID POTTS (REVENGE, MONACO, THE LIGHT) played first followed by GREG WILSON (HACIENDA)but the the system blew so we have a large bunch of seriously pissed off punters! Forgetting I am in a tuxedo I get a few funny comments….. 

“IS IT FANCY DRESS?”  

“YOU COME AS 007!" 

"SHAKEN OR STIRRED HOOKY?" 

 or my favourite…..

”WHO ARE YOU? THE FOOKIN STRIPPER!”

Meanwhile some Boys are desperately trying to fix the system but as most everyone there is pissed/off it they are having no luck at all. JINXY the landlord even brings his HiFi downstairs…. it works but is just too quiet. My god it is madness! There are people, speaker and mains leads everywhere….crazy! eventually a very kind fan goes all the way home to Littleton Road and brings his speakers down….which are great! But have different inputs so won’t work with our leads! Amazingly he goes all the way back returning with a mixing desk and leads, gets his system going and then one by one we feed the CDJ’S into it.
 

HOORAY! IT WORKS! 

We are back in business and it’s great. I take my dickie bow off to great applause, thats all though girls calm down! It’s a great night and an impressive amount is raised. We knock off at 1 and I head back to the Lowry to pick up the wife. THE MIRROR BALL has gone very, very well too! So a wonderful night for SALFORD and MANCHESTER. 

WELL DONE EVERYBODY! Home by two but have to be up at 8 so can’t sleep…..sheet!

HOOKY '14

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:46:47

THE LIGHT - EUROPEAN TOUR FEBRUARY 2014

MILAN, ITALY

We are off again. I must admit it has been nice to spend some time at home. Even if I spent it doing the NEW ORDER BOOK – POWER,CORRUPTION and LIES. It has gone well and we made it up to date, just a couple more days to do…it is draining though and gives me weird, weird dreams. C’est la vie!

We have a good practice and a great warm up …thank you LEAMINGTON and are all set to go. Gear is driving and we fly very easily to Milan. As luck would have it we land at Milan MXP Airport and the gig is at Milan’s other airport LINATE??? A 80km drive….typical!  Hotel is weird has Concorde for its motife but is fine, very comfy and I even manage a jog before the gig. It has been very difficult getting my aerobic strength back since that virtual 6 month tour last year but I am on the way and manage a good 35 mins at 1.0 gradient 11 speed;)

Gig is very isolated in the middle of nowhere and as it is Monday night we are a little worried. No need as it turns out and a great crowd, nearly capacity awaits!

Sound is a bit odd and I am struggling with my ‘In ears’ that I have had to revert back to because of my Tinitus, which is threatening to reappear, My right ear is nearly gone…..(THANKS BARNEY!) And I am desperate to save my left. The gig goes well, SLAVES OF VENUS go down a storm, The NEW ORDER section seems to lull a bit but we win them with the end. My Roland Octapad goes down…was playing up in LEAMINGTON SPA….DAMN IT! Phil says I punch it too hard…(make mental note to take them pictures of my old band mates off the drum pads;))

Only Joking TURNER PARKINSON SOLICITORS! Straight to bed.

The boys leave early but I take it easy and let the train take the strain. I must say that MILAN TRAIN STATION is one of the most impressive buildings I have ever seen…..MAGNIFICENT. I manage and am soon well ensconced on the train. Very nice watching the countryside fly by and even the crying baby can’t ruin this journey. Amazingly he cries for 3 hours and then falls asleep as we arrive??? Babies eh? The same the world over! Having had three I recognized the fathers weary, weary look;) Good luck mate!

ROME, ITALY

Rome is huge, and it was great to be here for New Year. I toured THE VATICAN which was amazing to say the least. But it is 50euros to my hotel from the station? The weather is lovely though nice and dry. The gig is in walking distance…. my favourite! Slight problem I notice at dinner is that there seems to be about a 100 14/15year olds running round the restaurant…oh shit …I fear for the night. The gig is great SLAVES OF V. rock it. Andy P is complaining of a really bad headache.

So I try the RODRIGUES method, taught to me by PHIL RODRIGUES (Infamous Brazilian Promoter) sister in MIAMI. Works on acupuncture points, very good for drug induced headaches…she told me. ANDY P looks weird though…humh? Very glassy eyed! Then after MOVEMENT he throws a proper wobbler, poor devil. He struggles through POWER, CORRUPTION and LIES then can’t do the end…oh shit!

We quickly change TEMPTATION for TRANSMISSION and BLUE MONDAY for SHADOWPLAY and muddle through. The stage sound has been bad all night which makes us feel very exposed at the end. The audience are fine thank god and as PHIL M. says “EVERY NIGHT CAN’T BE LIKE LEAMINGTON SPA!”

Back at the hotel it is deathly quiet?

I thank god those teachers with the kids must be very, very good. Settle down to sleep about 1.45 then the coaches arrive back, the kids must have been sightseeing… all hell breaks loose, with the kids shouting from one balcony to another to each other from one hotel block to another. I think….this is going to be a long, long night….when suddenly everything goes quiet? The next morning I find out why….seems one of our party came up with a brilliant way of shutting them up…every time they started shouting he would appear nude on the balcony, hands on hips!

“They soon fooked off and shut up!” he laughed…he shall of course remain nameless;)

The next morning is bright and clear and 20 degrees in ROME….WOW! I get the train to VENICE. Lovely quiet trip this time.

RONCADE, ITALY

ANDY P. is back to normal? As normal as he can be.;)

We are relieved. The gig goes well. Mostly JOY DIVISION T-shirts. I rarely see any NEW ORDER which is weird? SLAVES are very well received and although there is the usual lull at the end of POWER etc It goes really well. I am knackered at the end but the crowd refuse to leave and just as I think I will have to bite the bullet and do another encore….they drift off. Not bad after a three hour show? I am disappointed now they’ve gone….typical eh! Day off tomorrow, which my voice is very grateful for. I’m on the bus from now on, which is nice. I miss the lads;(

Jack puts CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM on and we laugh all the way on a 5 hour trip to LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND and it is lovely to see some snow. The scenery is breathtaking. We stay on the outskirts and after a great Greek meal I am done in. Asleep by 11 and with the aid of a Zopi go through to 10.20 bliss! Quick trip to ….

STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Nice to be back in France. I drag myself to the gym pre gig and do not have time to eat. It’s a hard life. The club tonight is one of the best designed places I have ever seen. It is perfect for Gigs, Club nights or whatever…obviously purpose built. Must tell Aaron about it! The gig is great with standing at the front and seating at the back, my prefered layout. The reception is fantastic from start to finish, even warmer the LEAMINGTON I hear you say? Maybe…I’m not sure;) But it is a great gig and we wheel out L.W.T.U.APART to finish off. THANK YOU STRASBOURG.

Long old drive THE ROAD TO ROUEN…7 hours. Everyone getting a bit stir crazy at the end…. which even CURB cannot alleviate. When we arrive I realize I have not had any hot food for 2 days? So what does a poor boy do? Heads straight for MCDONALDS! Which makes me feel guilty straight afterwards??? How strange?

ROUEN. FRANCE

Nice interview at a Radio Station on site, strange being watched while you do it? Like a goldfish in a bowl.;-((The gig goes really well a very appreciative audience and although the on stage sound is a bit strange at first it comes together well. A very good gig.  Later, we all grin and bear it (which is the only way to do it!) and drive straight to Paris after to an Airport Hotel for an early start home. A very satisfying and enjoyable 5 days, character building and very, very enjoyable.

Thank you all, Hooky ‘14 

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:09:28

Peter Hook - Runcorn February 2014

This was my first DJ gig of 2014 so I was more than a little nervous.

The last time I was in Runcorn was in 1974. I was working at the Manchester Ship Canal Company at the time and my wonderful boss Peter Brierley used to take me with him collecting rents from the houses alongside the Canal…(more for company than my rent collecting skills I think) Strange thing was Peter B. would only ever drive at one mile an hour under the speed limit, saying…’I am not getting done for speeding on the Firm’s time!” 

So it would be a full days job and a lovely leisurely one at that.

THEM WERE THE DAYS!

Peter B. was a hell of a bloke and he taught me a lot of great life skills…. wonder where he is now? God he would be 80 odd now at least….anyway…nice burn over to RUNCORN although the weather was dreadful.

Tonight’s gig is an old pub/hotel and seem a great crowd. They have had ROURKEY, MANI and JOYCEY so the place came highly recommended

Two girl support DJ’s are excellent and everything seems good. Only problem is the decks aren’t raised so I am on eye level with everyone else??? Not really a problem surely, I hear you say…..but it becomes one when I can’t see over the front row to see if there’s action on the dance floor. Especially when a rather brash young lady in front of me becomes a bit of a nuisance, screaming…….’THIS IS SHIT!” In my face continuously, everytime I play a track she doesn’t know/like?  Ah well there’s worst ways top earn a living so I grin and bear it. It is amazing how people react though…I had one guy mouthing off at me when I played ‘THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS.’ by BOBBI BROWN…I have a great mix …This guy starts screaming….. again in my face…. ‘YOU’RE A FOOKIN LEGEND YOU CAN’T PLAY BOBBI FOOKIN BROWN!” (a back handed compliment if ever I heard one) BOBBI BROWN is a legend! I first saw him at age 14, him not me, when ARTHUR BAKER took us to his first gig with NEW EDITION when they signed to SHAKEDOWN RECORDS(Arthur’s new label) in New York. Great night that was….I remember they had lamb chops as hors d’oeuvres? Yummy …We were starving as we had no money, so we spent the whole evening following the girl’s with the trays round grabbing the food as soon as they appeared with it…this would soon change in a few years to ignoring the food and grabbing the waitresses see NEW ORDER book for details;)

Much later we also shared a Bus Driver as MONACO, who would tell us how much easier we were than BOBBI BROWN? It seems BOBBI would finish a gig, get on the bus, get on the pipe…then proceed to shoot the Bus skylights out with a MAGNUM 45!(not the ice lolly) This Driver ended up dumping him when BOBBI got out to go to the services for a number 2(No one does a number two on the bus)….driving off after leaving all his bags in the car park for when he came back! Legendary?  I THINK SO!

Anyway as I prove my worth things quiet down for a while and it goes well and apart from one young lady threatening to wax my bollocks if I didn’t play a certain track…..Strange…. I couldn’t hear the track name but heard the bit about my bollocks? Self preservation? 

But It was great! A delight! Not the waxing…the night! God you lot have filthy minds!

Runcorn is a strange place, I ruminated as I drove over RUNCORN BRIDGE on the way to the M56, but seems happy and that is good enough for me;)

Home 25 minutes door to door…..don’t tell the Rozzers!

Love Hooky ’14

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:06:10

The Light - Grauzone Festival - Amsterdam - 31st Jan 2014

WE ARE OFF TO THE ‘DAM!

Amsterdam always feels a bit like Manchester to me…do not ask me why? The hedonism? The attitude?

I think we both share a common outlook on life. I have always had a great time here ever since the first time in 1978? I also have the dubious honour of having three riots with three bands…JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER and REVENGE (Although that last one wasn’t our fault…I blame THE SHAMEN for that one. I can remember two members sniffing glue and then fighting in the dressing room after the gig…we had to climb over them to get out) The Dutch can be very fiery when provoked.

A rarity this time a decent flight time…there and back…hoe fookin'ray! I park up in The Park hotel for the afternoon and rest. Tonight I am in very good company….one of my bass heroes JAH WOBBLE and two members of one of my favourite bands ever…. CHRIS and COSEY of THROBBING GRISTLE! The gig goes great and a great crowd. Lovely to see Jah, who is 30 years sober, I am humbled. Play very well, a great audience and a great reaction. I am blown away. As I walk through the crowded streets back to the hotel after, I smile…….I AM BLESSED! Thank you ….whoever;)

Hooky’ 14

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:27:03

The Light - The Assembly, Leamington Spa - Feb 2014

Our return to gigging after two weeks off and a warm up for our European Tour.

The weather is awful again. I have never seen so much water. It ‘s getting hard to take the dogs out, the poor devils get filthy, saying that the big one loves it;) Strange seeing the flooding on both sides of the motorway after all the T.V. coverage. Nice trip down and I am a Leamington virgin, so am looking forward to seeing the place.

Arrive nice and early and find the Boy’s in very good spirits. We are sharing a dressing room with TAMMY WYNETTE’S caravan and various assorted fairground curiousities which do make it very interesting I must admit. Strange seeing a DALEK? It reminds me of STEVE MORRIS’S BARN and sends shivers down my spine.

I’m told this place was designed by PETER SAVILLE and he did a great job. The Promoter was telling me they had been open about 5 years and were losing a fortune then the Manager read my HACIENDA book and took action and turned it round. Praise indeed!

We play and right from the go the audience were fantastic.  Singing along to THE SLAVES OF VENUS and never letting up throughout the whole of NEW ORDER too? They were great! By the time we were finished it was crazy and even threw in L.W.T.U.A for good measure! THANK YOU!

A very happy HOOKY sets off home beaming away, until he got on the M6 which then promptly closed down for bloody repairs leaving PHIL MURPHY and I with a tour of all the A roads round WOLVERHAMPTON. It took forever to get back on the motorway but gave us plenty of time for conversation which was lovely. No records set tonight weather still awful.

Roll on Europe.

Love Hooky’14

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:23:26

The Light - Le Mans & Montpellier - Jan 2014

These are our first gigs in this new year of 2014 and I’m really looking forward to them. A month off seems a long time. I’ve been doing the New Order book and it’s tough…….as I thought it would be. So looking forward to a break from it and getting away. Seems strange to think BARNEY’S down the road doing the same thing……how weird!

What are you writing about Steve?

Practice goes really well, too well if anything, and we are ready for the off! Another obligatory early start at the bloody airport. Oh How I wish for a midday flight. A nice drive to LE MANS from PARIS (once you get out of the Parisian traffic that is?). LE MANS is a small town 100,000 people, so the Promoter tells me later. He does these shows once every 3 months and tells me this is the first one that’s sold out. I AM HONOURED! Hotel is good and I settle down with 28 DAYS LATER which is very good too (but I miss my beloved MILIA with her RESIDENT EVIL). I eat and then have to go to sleep (Old Man’s nap ask your dad) which at half eight is a bit too close to leaving time…. but I can’t resist…the whole family has had a virus since before New Year and it’s been really annoying. Left us all wiped out.

I am woken by the phone at 9.30 and feel terrible…shit! Cold and Flu to the rescue and we are off. The gig is a lovely theatre and although the audience are very quiet they look fine. We play Joy Division fantastically, a bit too spirited for me though as I notice my voice is going at the end. I get a little break at the end of the set sorting out a messy set too in the audience. It is a problem…. the old un’s want to watch and the young un’s want to dance…. always leads to problems. Have to separate them in the end like a teacher in the playground.

We come back on for our NEW ORDER set and DREAMS NEVER END is really tough as is BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE….aaaaaah shit! But Pottsy helps me out and we glide through. (Maybe that should be my NEW YEARS RESOLUTION? To practice my vocals more eh?) The audience are better behaved this half and we finish well. I’m knackered though and crawl to bed at 1! Up at 8a.m. O.M.G! for a 5 hour train journey to MONTPELIER…. a lovely city. Great trip and going by train makes such a difference to your stress levels. I rest up ‘til the evening. Grab a meal and then ….showtime. Now this lot are bonkers from start to finish and the whole night flies by. Nice to have the boys from DESTIJL supporting.  The whole gig is really intense and we are all in a frenzy by the end and I cannot think of a thing that went wrong? I am hyperventilating by the time we finish and shaking like a Bastard with Adrenalin. This is when i really miss a drink but it’s a small price to pay but it takes me ages to calm down and I have to force myself to sleep. Wake early for our trip home but am very, very happy. Cannot praise the boys enough.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE AGAIN.

Uneventful flight home but as we approach Manchester Airport the weather is terrible and as the plane is just about to land it pulls up again! Amazing how this can scare you. Crosswinds! God damn them. We come round again the plane is now deathly quiet….no one says a word…he brings it in and we are buffeted dreadfully as he comes in the ground getting closer and closer, we sway alarmingly. My heart is in my mouth. We bang down….thank god! Everyone starts talking at once with relief. Can’t imagine how it would have felt if we would have had to go round again??? Later as I walk my dogs in the fields near my home I look up…I can see the trails of 6 planes in the sky…what a world! What a life! What a job! So glad to be on the ground I skip home.

Love Hooky '14

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:13:20

Swing At The Top Au Palais De Tokyo - Paris - October 2013

FAC51 THE HACIENDA, PARIS, FRANCE

Paris is always a wonderful place to visit (apart from the traffic!) although I do struggle to find a common musical taste? Strange, but I would have to say that mostly I do not go down great. Funnily enough was the same with NEW ORDER. We played PARIS a few times and never had a good gig EVER! Unlike JOY DIVISION…. see Les Bains Douche CD. It was weird …..had some great nights though, one particular night me and the XXXXXX pulled a couple of girls who were actually out on a double date?? (See POWER,CORRUPTION and LIES - INSIDE NEW ORDER for details) but generally the gigs were crap. The most memorable occasion being once as we finished a number…. to a deafening silence….. One French wag, in english with a heavy accent said ….‘HEY!” To get our attention, then as we looked over…..“Zee sound she eez a sheet!”

Needless to say we did not get better. Didn’t go a good gig until after 2000 with NEW ORDER II But come to think of it, I did great gigs with SECTION 25 and MONACO and REVENGE and THE LIGHT…Hhhmmmh, have to think about that one.


Anyway, we were part of “Swing At The Top” at The Palais De Tokyojust off the Seine in Paris (The city is so big.) Our Hotel was miles away and I did understand why. This hotel was incredibly beyond belief ACHINGLY FUNKY, truly amazing!

We have a great line up….
GRAEME PARK + MIKE PICKERING
YOURS TRULY
DAZ/ANDY 808 STATE
ALISTAIR WHITEHEAD

We were in one room with a STELLAR French line up in the other – Telepopmusik, Super Discount and A Nous Paris.

Fletch was in command so when he informed us the dressing room was here to take us to the gig? We were a little mystified to say the least…It turned out the new club had no dressing rooms? (Who designed that Ben Kelly! Only joking Ben) So the venue had hired two dressing rooms, But they were drivable?…the weird thing was they were square and looked for all the world like a normal dropped off ‘Portakabin’ dressing room but Inside was fitted out with a sink, small kitchen, hangar rails across one side with mirrors and a small sitting area with table. The wheels were hidden and the front was flat but had a  windscreen and sidewindows and of course seats for driver and passenger. When you got in it was for all the world a room. The driver spoke little English and Daz was translating and riding shotgun. So we set off all in high spirits. But…there is always a but……soon as this guy put his foot down our laughs turned to shrieks…he was the MADDEST DRIVER I HAVE EVER HAD….BONKERS!!! He just put his foot right down and was flying down these narrow one way streets with parked cars either side at FULL THROTTLE! Emergency stopping when he had to, which wasnt often!

Inside the room it was like a game show with various items flying past you… first one way then the other… the Kettle closely followed by The Coffee Machine…. then the Microwave…. then the Ironing board and Iron…then the dressing gowns….dressing gowns? I know I wondered why too…Crates of GROLSCH (OUR SPONSOR) then GRAEME PARK etc etc With us all hanging on for grim death and Daz keeping up a hilarious running commentary with the driver who understood nothing??? It seemed to last a lifetime and how we survived in one piece I will never know! But someone was watching over us that night… THANKS TONY!

The venue was huge and very concrete but interesting. We were then informed the other room had not been opened we were all on the same stage and our running times had been halved! It was a blow but the place was full with a GREAT atmosphere! Possibly because of the free GROLSCH (OUR SPONSOR). Great group on stage playing and I noticed the first problem…hardly any vocals? My set has a lot…UH OH! Everything is going to time though, and the stage crew are great. I’m nervous, it is Paris! I start with what I think are a couple of big hitters, they cool off, follow on then cool off more and start shouting and throwing things….shit! I pull out all the stops and after about 30 minutes the tide turns three songs later it has thinned out but there moving and gratefully I hand over to MIKE and GRAEME. PHEW!!!

I watch the boys work their magic then FLETCH says “You can’t get a lift until after the show because there using the van as the dressing room unless you go now with another driver!” So like a rat deserting a sinking ship I thought “That’ll do me….I’d rather not dice with death again!”

I get a lift in a lovely Limo Bus and we end up having a lovely sightsee on the way home…EIFFEL TOWER…ARC DE TRIOMPHE etc etc,. What a beautiful city, always a pleasure to visit. Your tough PARIS but here’s to the next time… I sigh….as I settle down to sleep…I will definitely keep trying!

Love Hooky ‘13

Postscript…..At breakfast it transpires I got off lightly? Mike and Graeme ended up struggling through, Alistair was taken off and Andy and Daz were kicked out? Bloody hell!


YOU’RE GETTING TOUGHER PARIS! VIVE LA DIFFERENCE ;)

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:22:40

New Years Eve 2013 - 2014 Bologna Italy

I was very flattered to receive a personal invite from The Mayor for this event. It seems he had seen me DJ before and still invited me ;) BOLOGNA is a beautiful city and I was really looking forward to it. Now normally Bex doesn’t like me being away at new year so I turn most down and, now I don’t drink I tend to go for a drive….it’s blissful! There is no one on the road. However the girls accompanied me on this trip. I was a little worried a couple of days before when I got an e mail from the Promoter saying that as the audience would be mainly old people and families and could I tailor my set to suit?


O.M.G! If there was ever a phrase to strike fear into any DJ’s heart…..it is Old people and families!


I’m used to playing to mainly maniacs! But anyway I put the work in and got what I thought was an accommodating compromise. We had a lovely trip with a stop over in Rome where I got to visit The Vatican City, which I cannot recommend enough….what a beautiful place. The next day dawned and after a lovely rail trip to Bologna new year loomed. It seems there is a tradition of burning a huge effigy of last years woes in a suitable container. This year a giant watering can. It looked great and burnt ferociously (too many woes?) I was to be on a balcony overlooking the square and as I walked through to get there I couldn’t help notice it didn’t contain too many old people or families?

It seemed to contain about 10,000 young maniacs hellbent on having a wild time? OOOOOPS!

I checked it with the promoter and he just shrugged…ah! So as I dumped my STEPS and ABBA MEDLIES I had done specially for the occasion;) and scrambled together something young and wilder. Things go very well and I even get to play GANGHAM STYLE! I thought fook it! It’s New Years Eve why not! I’ve always wanted to play it on a Hac night just to see what happens hee he.

The time flew and apart from choking on the ash, freezing to death in the gods, dodging the laser pens, (one particular zealot had me ducking for about 10 minutes little fooker!I would have rammed it up your jacksie!) It was great! I couldn’t sleep after!


So I would like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope all your dreams come true xxx

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:44:00

Athens & Thessaloniki Greece December 2013

Two gigs with our wonderful old friend George Fakinos and his partner BIG GEORGE! A truly wonderful pair of promoters. Little George and I first met a long time ago (god I was still drinking!) when CLINT BOON brought me  to DJ in Greece, a great treat at the time, Little George was the promoter, and boy was I wasted…ouch! I remember CLINT and I both woke up after playing in Thessa….fully clothed? Makes me shiver….but anyway… here we are 10 years later, older, definitely! Wiser? Maybe…..

Lovely flight, and direct, great! Apart from the 5.a.m start that is… The weather is lovely in Greece and a nice and very pleasant drive to the hotel with The George’s. The gig is 15 minutes away from here but both George’s are concerned about travelling times for soundcheck? I tell them not to worry as I’ll wing it and just come later, then they worry about that too? Asking me to leave at 8 for a 9.30 start?


I ask….“Why?”

“Because of the RIOTS!” they both chorus….

Riots! It seems that rioting has now become a weekend  ritual for the young Greeks. I smile, doesn’t scare me…..we had our share didn’t we?

I relax for a couple of hours, RESIDENT EVIL…APOCALYPSE and RESIDENT EVIL…RETRIBUTION scaring the boredom away. I ready by anointing myself with special gigging oils, ISSEY MIYAKE and RED BULL and BIG GEORGE rings me…his car is parked a short taxi ride away and we must first walk to get a taxi.

Then I see why.

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Outside the hotel’s shutters are down and all the other shops have followed suit. The streets either side and across the road are closed. My face and chest immediately start to burn, not badly but noticeably?

“Tear gas!” Big George gasps through his scarf. All the people around us are masked or with balaclavas on, and suddenly it seems quite threatening. We walk down a street away from the hotel and then double back. Here in the next street are the Police vans with the Riot Squad leading the prisoners, male and female, mainly young, down in handcuffs. Oh shit! It’s getting a bit too real. We walk further away as the clouds of gas and smoke are all around like thick fog. We grab a cab and a few minutes later are in BG’s car and at the venue. On the way he tells me he is now a mercenary working on Oil Tankers in the Gulf doing Security…

“I have very big guns Peter!” he says….Wow! BIG GEORGE is a great guy very highly educated and still studying Ancient Greek History which he regales us with Socrates quotes and all at every occasion. A very interesting boy. We arrive. This is a lovely old theatre, the same one we played last time. The boys are in fine form and I am looking forward to the support band…..THE WITCHDOCTORS OF ZIMBABWE

Of course this is us! Reversing the American theme and now supporting ourselves with NEW ORDER music…which is nice. We haven’t played Joy Div much since we started N.O and it’s lovely to be able to feature it. Particularly with CLOSER which LITTLE GEORGE tells me is his favourite record…no pressure then eh? We have played the songs a lot on the tour of England supports so are well up to scratch.

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We are on…a full house…we play great! The boys are fantastic and it goes down a storm right from the word go…with the N.O stuff it takes a while to get the audience going so it’s a nice change. I really enjoy myself, I’m amazed!

CLOSER
BEST OF UNKNOWN PLEASURES
FOUR SONG ENCORE

I am knackered but very, very happy. LITTLE GEORGE is delighted, particularly with PASSOVER his favourite song ever. As we head home he tries to persuade me to The Aftershow where he is DJing til 6.a.m??? We are flying to Thessa at 7.30! I politely decline. As we arrive at the Hotel the Riot Squad buses are lined up outside with about 200 cops all smoking and joking, like it’s a normal job? They too have got big guns, maybe it’s a Greek thing?…..Sheeesh! It’s like a carnival atmophere, very strange indeed! I slink off! Up at 5 again??? Nice quiet flight again, thank god. THESSALONIKA is a lovely town on the sea, very beautiful. But as we head in the traffic is terrible….demonstrations our host’s tell us, which will lead to riots later!

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Blimey! The gig tonight is in a small Goth Club and it goes fantastically too…GREAT! We are all delighted! What a great pair of gigs thank you GEORGE’S and thank you GREECE!

(Pack it in with the riots tho eh?) up at 5am again??? But home nice and early, God I’m tired:)

Love Hooky ‘13

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:20:00

Brno Czechoslovakie Mersey Nightclub 20th Anniversary October 2013

Nice but strange to be back DJing. Weird being alone? I am travelling via Vienna then driving to BRNO 140km. Only feels like I’ve been back 5 minutes and the cold I got in Lima still has a tight hold. I go to the gym to try and dispel it and do quite well…aerobically down 66%, strength down 10%. Not bad after one cold and 6 weeks away. Also lost 6lbs! Hooray! So those 3 hour sets are working. Knackered afterwards though I must admit. My flight is delayed by an hour so end up rushing across Heathrow from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 but still make it in good time. Plane to Vienna is good, few empty seats so I decamp to the back row, but the woman in front of me has flu or something?? Never stops coughing and gasping??? For the whole flight! So I spend the whole time with my scarf over my head like a terrorist! Do not want a cold like the one I had last week again….THANK YOU!

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Arrive in Vienna and my bag has gone missing….Typical…Fly the flag and lose your bag! Always seems to happen if you fly into Terminal 5 and leave from another…..aaaarrrggh!  Ah well, makes life simple later, none of that tiresome choosing what you’re going to wear. Luckily the CD’s always travel with me. The Mersey Club is small with an upstairs balcony but really funky. The support DJ is playing strange music? Like euro disco…no vocals all about 123bpm? Doesn’t bode well for me….I like vocal tracks. So hit the decks and the audience are all staring intently at me. They are bonkers trying to ply me with alcohol…I patiently explain I do not drink…. Hard in a club on a Friday night, the volume, the revelry but it works, then I get inundated with Red Bull? What lovely people!

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As I start to play there are a few blank looks at me playing modern music, I think everyone expected an 80’s fest? But we persevere and by the end we are in total harmony. Apart from one ardent Joy Div fan who keeps asking for “ROCKY CLASSIC TRACK PLEASE!” everyone seems happy. My host is even lost for words…..overcome? With the emotion of the evening and desperately tries to get me to do a speech? No way! Outside I am approached for a photograph by a big Czech Geezer who says….

“I love NEW ORDER! But tonights party was not so good!”

Ah well, can’t please all the people etc.,

Sleep well and have minibar breakfast, not what your thinking??? Tut tut!

Cheese crackers, nuts, some fruit that was in the room and a Mars bar, all chased down with Green Tea….BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS! Love Hooky, 13.

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