Peter Hook And The Light Announce First Ever Concerts Of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) With Special Manchester & London Concerts September 2014

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Peter Hook And The Light Announce First Ever Concerts Of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) With Special Manchester & London Concerts September 2014

Concerts Feature All Material 1983 - 1987

“From Confusion To True Faith”

“This is New Order reinvigorated, reenergized; Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul." Louder Than War

Thursday 25th September 2014 

The Ritz, Manchester

Tickets : £23.50

Saturday 27th September 2014

Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Tickets : £26.50

O2 Priority Booking 27 Nov 9am

Tickets For Both Concert On General Sale From 9am Friday 29th November 2013 From & Ticketweb

Tickets include charity donation to MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

Peter Hook & The Lighthave announced they are to perform New Order’sthird and fourth albums, “Low Life” and Brotherhood” for the first time with two special concerts.

The Ritz, Manchester Thurs 25th Sept 2014.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Sat 27th Sept 2014.

Following on from The Light’s very well received Joy Division album shows and their equally praised tours of “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” the concerts will include the singles and B-sides from New Order’s most prolific period. From August 1983 up to 1987, taking the audience from “Confusion” to “True Faith”, with both “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” performed in full alongside all the other tracks from that fans consider New Order’s greatest period including “Thieves Like Us” “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “The Perfect Kiss” and many more.

Having released “Blue Monday” and “Temptation”, the band had grown in confidence and attained increasing success in the UK and Internationally. Praised for their creativity, boundary pushing and consistent touring, the albums saw the group finding their niche and signature sound. Fusing their rock, indie style with new emerging electronic equipment and bringing melody and emotion to their techno experiments. Both the singles and the albums for this period stand out as some of the finest work ever produced by the band.

Marking the high period of New Order artistically, the critical plaudits heaped upon “Power, Corruption & Lies” was followed by similar notices for “Low Life” and “Brotherhood”, considered as a trio, the band’s greatest albums which were achieved through a period of intense hard work which brought significant results and advancements. Having raised their profile with “Blue Monday”, still the biggest ever selling 12” in history, the band continued to define their status with their diffident attitude to promotion, Peter Saville’s iconic design and their disregard of mid Eighties video culture and the MTV generation.

With FAC 51 The Hacienda Club open in Manchester, the band decamped to New York in 1983 to work with Arthur Baker, who co-wrote and produced the first two singles from the period “Confusion" and "Thieves Like Us".

Arthur famously dance floor tested "Confusion" prior to release in ‘The Fun House’, one of New York's most famous underground clubs where the video was later filmed. The subsequent single became many fan’s favourite record, the effortless, timeless shimmering beauty of “Thieves Like Us”.

Releasing “Low Life” in 1985 alongside epic single “The Perfect Kiss”, whose 9 minute 12 inch mix, full of peaks and troughs is considered one of the best of the decade. The romantic club sounds of Low Life and its playful sense of humour has made many regard it as New Order’s most complete single album. Aside from the singles, the album contains many great records that have entered the canon, including “This Time Of Night”, “Sunrise”,Elegia”, “Sooner Than You Think”, and the album’s closer “Face Up”, an energetic and euphoric club track.

With the band now signed to Quincy Jones’ Qwest label in the States, they began to tour internationally to ever increasing capacities. Their transatlantic success underlined by the appearance of songs “Elegia” “Thieves Like Us” and “Shellshock” on John Hughes “Pretty In Pink” Film Soundtrack in 1986, as well as the uniquely stylised videos which accompanied the singles.

Coupling the release of “State Of The Nation” to “Brotherhood” in September 1986, the first single was superseded by the band’s biggest international hit since 1983, the anthemic musical landmark “Bizarre Love Triangle” which broke the band fully through to North American, international and even Australian audiences.

Brotherhood” itself took a unique approach, splitting the rock side of the band to the first side of the album, with tracks “Paradise”, “As It Is When It Was” and “Way Of Life”, whereas the flips side was electronic, taking in the two singles and also “Every Second Counts”, a finely tuned electronic ballad regarded as the counterpoint to “Power, Corruption & Lies” “Leave Me Alone

With The Light’s concerts running up to 1987, (when New Order’s best-selling album “Substance”, a compilation of all the singles and B-sides was released, reportedly so Tony Wilson could play them in his new in car CD) New Order enjoyed their biggest international hit “True Faith”. Some seven years after the demise of Joy Division and a decade on from first forming, the band had come full circle to hit heights never thought possible, showing that “Dreams Never End”.

With a set list so full of classic records and fans favourites, many never heard for some twenty five years or more, this music defined the times and still sounds current today.

Peter Hook & The Light’s “Lowlife” & “Brotherhood” concerts chart New Order’s final stage of evolution from the post punk of Joy Division to defining themselves as electro pop pioneers at the cutting edge of the emerging club scene in the mid to late Eighties.

The Light will also be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material.

As with the previous debut album concerts by The Light, both gigs benefit two charities, Mind, the mental health charity and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

For videos and concert footage from The Light check /

On “Low Life”

"Realigned as New Order, they successfully adapted their trauma to the dance floor, where their deviant fusion of black-funk rhythm tricks and English avant-punk had resulted in stunning club hits like "Temptation" and "Blue Monday."Low-Life, the group's third album, caps its long, methodical glide into pop's mainstream. "Love Vigilantes" and "The Perfect Kiss" both take full advantage of the remix lessons New Order learned under Arthur Baker, who produced its 1984 single "Confusion." On Low-Life, New Order made the most of accessibility without compromising their past." Rolling Stone

On “Brotherhood”

"Brotherhood" is the last of the ‘old-guard’ of New Order albums but not their last good album. It contains the most complete synthesis of the band’s sound, which only really diverged after that point. The galloping, tinny riffage, the skittering hi-hats, the sunburst of keyboard swells, the melodies picked out on bass . . . They also cast off the last remaining traces of Joy Division here – Peter Hook says goodbye to his past on ‘As It Is When It Was’ with a cheeky little riff from ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’." The Quietus

On Peter Hook And The Light Live

“Not only did Hooky and his band open the show with Joy Division songs, he proceeded to play New Order’s two full albums and a stellar encore....Hooky and his band really put 110% into this show.” LA Record

“Say what you will about Peter Hook, the man has got balls….It was most enjoyable to revisit these albums….for those in the audience who had been too young or not even born when these albums were released, this was clearly a welcome opportunity to get the flavour of these musical riches in concert.” The Times

“Taking in the show, I could imagine that this is what it might have felt like hearing the original New Order playing that material back in the day. More organic and authentic to the time. I really, really enjoyed this show immensely.”Rock Subculture

"Now, 30 years later, the songs really come to life with a punchier musical delivery than they ever had on record, and an uber-confident Hook belting them out. The most fascinating thing about the gig is hearing the journey between Joy Division and the classic New Order sound over the course of two hours." Artrocker

“Hooky is the Rock God of bass players. His performance at North London’s Koko had far more energy than last summer’s Hyde Park show by the rest of New Order. He closed with a triumphant Temptation and the inevitable encore of Blue Monday. You've still got it, Hooky.” The Sun

“The show was an unquestionable treat for fans....Hooky is an outstanding bass player and it's truly magical to see him live in action.....Don't miss this tour if it's coming to your city. Peter Hook is a legend.” Hang The DJ / x89 Radio

“Best decision I made all year? Quite possibly.... My god, man. Go see this band.... Well played, Mr. Hook. Well played.” The Pale Drummer

“There was never any doubt that this gig by the New Order legend and his new band was to be something quite extraordinary... Hooky’s bouncing, bending stage presence give this whole performance the urgency and, aptly, movement that it might be said is lacking in the ‘other’ New Order’s live performances of the past year.”Manchester Evening News

“What Hooky has done is grab these songs by the scruff of the neck and give them a punkiness with his bass driving the songs with an added raw power.Tonight is a real triumph - everything was perfect from the venue, to the acoustics, to the delivery of the songs, to the tight band, to the vocals and that distinctive great bass playing...Hooky has made these songs have a very different narrative and put a whole new heart and soul into them.” Louder Than War

About Peter Hook And The Light

Peter Hook And The Light features Peter Hook on vocals and bass, Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards and Paul Kehoe on drums. Having first performed the Joy Division albums in 2010, the band have continued to perform all of the Joy Division catalogue and have recently completed tours of North and South America and the UK and Ireland performing "Movement" and "Power Corruption And Lies". Plans for 2014 include European and Far East dates including the band's first ever visit to China and festival appearances prior to the first "Low Life" and "Brotherhood" shows in September.

1 Comment (Hide)

1 | The BagLady aka TastyFish Girl | 30th May 2014 at 15:13

Gawd, I can hardly wait. Lowlife is my fave album [by anyone] of all time & Perfect Kiss is the best tchoone ever.
I love the Ritz too, Oooooooo monday nights in the early 80's. At this very moment I'm listening to the new-ish re-mastered/re-mixed 'Revenge, One True Passion', sensational bass playing.
My one true passion.........Hooky's bass playing, it transforms an ordinary tchoone into an extra ordinary tchoone.
& no , i'm not a sychophant or brown tongued, they don't make any in Salford.

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