Peter Hook & The Light Announce Tour Of Australia & New Zealand Performing New Order's “Low Life / “Brotherhood” For Feb 2015

Posted on Friday, 19 December 2014

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** Concerts Feature All Material 1983  - 1987" “From Confusion To True Faith” **

All dates see The Light perform an opening set of Joy Division material.

A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measureGigwise

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

Metropolis Touring Present Peter Hook & The Light New Order’s “Low-Life” & “Brotherhood” Australia & New Zealand Tour February 2015

Tickets for all dates go on sale Thursday 30th October 2014 at 9am.

Saturday 14th February 2015 Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia -

Sunday 15th February 2015 The Gov, Adelaide, Australia -

Wednesday 18th February 2015 Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, Australia

Thursday 19th February 2015 Metro, Sydney, Australia -

Friday 20th February 2015 - Testing Grounds, Summersalt Festival, Melbourne -

Saturday 21st February 2015 Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia-

Sunday 22nd February 2015 Wrestpoint, Hobart, Australia -

Wednesday 25th February 2015 Churchills, Christchurch, New Zealand -

Thursday 26th February 2015 Bogeda, Wellington, New Zealand -

Friday 27th February 2015 The Studio, Auckland, New Zealand -

All dates also listed in the gig section at

Peter Hook & The Lightare to perform New Order’sthird and fourth albums, “Low Life” and Brotherhood” for the first time in Australia and New Zealand across the final two weeks of February 2015.

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.

Hooky and The Light will also be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material prior to the album and singles performances.

Having released “Blue Monday” and “Temptation”, by this time, New Order had grown in confidence and attained 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 works.

Both the singles and the albums for this period stand out as some of the finest work ever produced by the band and marking the high period of New Order artistically. The critical plaudits heaped upon “Power, Corruption & Lies” were followed by similar notices for “Low-Life” and “Brotherhood”, which are considered as a trio as the band’s greatest albums.

Having raised their profile with “Blue Monday”, still the biggest ever selling 12” in history, and 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".

Releasing “Low Life” in 1985 alongside epic single “The Perfect Kiss”, whose 9 minute 12 inch mix is considered one of the best of the decade, “Low Life” 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 club track.

With the band now signed to Quincy Jones’ Qwest label in the States, “Elegia” “Thieves Like Us” and “Shellshock” appeared on John Hughes “Pretty In Pink” Film Soundtrack, the band then coupled the release of “State Of The Nation” to “Brotherhood” in September 1986.

This was followed by the band’s biggest international hit since 1983, the musical landmark “Bizarre Love Triangle” which broke the band fully through to 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 flip side was electronic, taking in the two singles and also “Every Second Counts”.

The Light’s concerts run up to 1987 when New Order enjoyed their biggest international hit “True Faith”.

With a set list 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” shows 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.

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”

"Brotherhoodis 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’s Debut “Low Life” & “Brotherhood” Concerts Sept 2014

'Delving into over 30 songs stretching back to the 70s, Hooky and his current outfit performed the entirety of New Orderalbums “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” - two records that helped shape and define post-punk and synthpop. The result was two hours teeming with heartbreak and affection.....The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.”Gigwise

“An encore of “State Of The Nation”, “Confusion”, “True Faith” and a breath taking version of “Temptation” brings the night to a massive ovation and respect on both sides. A great evening in Manchester, an outstanding show from The Light and signs they are not taking the foot off the pedal.”Louder Than War

“Brotherhood” somehow manages to sound even better as the dystopian desperation of “Paradise” prepares the crowd for the denser of the two albums on show this evening. “Weirdo” and “Broken Promise” ramp up the tempo whereas smash-hit “Bizarre Love Triangle” is greeted rapturously.”

Every Second Counts” with its analogue strings pluckily round off the second half with a little light relief but the real crescendo of the evening is left until last, with the sonic time-capsules “State of the Nation” and “Confusion”. From time-capsules to timeless classics, incendiary versions of “True Faith” and the impossibly beautiful “Temptation” (both whirled out in their extended 12″ forms) bring the evening to a glowing finale.” 45 Mag

On Peter Hook & The Light Live - General Reviews

“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

“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. The real treat of the night was hearing New Order songs that have probably never been played live or fans have never ever heard live....Hooky and his band really put 110% into this show.” - LA Record

“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

“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


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