Peter Hook & The Light - Movement / Power, Corruption & Lies / Festival Dates - Reviews Round Up

Posted on Monday, 11 August 2014

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The Rescue Rooms Nottingham Thurs 3rd July 2014

Drowned In Sound -

“Peter Hook & The Light have developed into a well-oiled machine that - whisper it - actually deliver these songs better than the current line-up of New Order....they've become an impressive tour de force more than worthy of associating themselves with arguably two of the finest back catalogues in rock and roll history.”

“The band prove themselves more than just flawless replicas of the genuine article - New Order rarely played many of these songs first time round after all. It's the Power, Corruption & Lies set that really lifts the energy levels in the Rescue Rooms, turning the 450 capacity venue into a doppelganger for New York's Danceteria or Amsterdam's Paradiso circa 1984.

“Whether one falls into the category of nostalgic revivalist or relative newcomer to the origins of New Order, tonight will go down as a triumphant history lesson for all.

QRO Magazine -

“....the passion and above all the quality of his shows. In this era of manufactured pop trash we need genuine legends of the calibre of Peter Hook, long may he continue.”

Nottingham Post -

“In a welcome return to his show-stealing success at Splendour last year, Peter Hook swaggered back into town at the down and dirty, hot and sweaty Rescue Rooms.

“With a set that lasted nearly three hours, this was a gig with pathos and anger, loss and kick-ass choons. And when he took his top off, he called to the wild man in every office manager below him. Rage against the dying of the light – but not this Light. Don’t leave it so long next time Hooky.”

Soundblab -

“Oozing Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, tracks like 'Denial' and 'Leave Me Alone' sound just as stark, dark, pulsating as intense as when they were first recorded, mostly thanks to the sheer commitment, will and passion of Hook and The Light’s performance

“Hook, looking thoroughly exhausted after a near three-hour set, departs bare and barrel-chested after tossing his sweat-soaked England T-shirt to the crowd....Hook’s commitment to their legacy remains admirable and honourable.

Holmfirth Picturedrome, Fri 4th July 2014

Huddersfield Examiner -

“As is the norm, The Light supported themselves with a Joy Division set – Atmosphere, Heart and Soul, She’s Lost Control and Shadowplay never failing to send a tingle down the spine.

“Hooky pulls the vocals off, roaring magnificently during this serious no-nonsense rout.His T-shirt is thrown into the crowd and while the band nip off-stage and Hooky possibly tightens his belt buckle a couple of notches to raise his vocal pitch – it’s a quick return to power through both New Order albums, played mainly in track order with special extras thrown in – and the packed Picturedrome crowd absolutely loved it.

“Hooky and The Light still have massive pulling power of Joy Division and New Order fans and the gig is a great lesson in the musical evolution from one band into the other. The Light still have that irresistible pulling power to hear New Order songs live.”

Tokyo York, Sat 5th July 2014

Louder Than War -

“Any thoughts I had of this being a tribute act by Hooky, or whatever I was thinking, is quickly dissolved and to be honest I don’t care. I am having a great time and so is everybody else in the place; it’s rocking. His signature rock stance and poses take all focus off the rest of the band and at times you just think it’s all about him, as he kicks into a beautiful version of Ceremony and the bass and guitar combine so well. The rest of the first set is faultless with, Truth, ICB and last album track Denial being a big crowd pleaser.

“True Faith, Temptation, Blue Monday and Love Will Tear Us Apart unites the crowd for the last time as the show closes to an end. The crowd go away happy and for some, including myself, it’s the first time I’ve heard them live, with all tracks over 25 years old. Great tunes and to be fair Peter Hook and The Light put on a great night.”

Circulation Magazine -

“Hearing the sonic transformation in full was a fantastic experience. It was very special to hear every song on each album individually celebrated for its artistic value; songs which, were you to see New Order live, would be missed. Gems are often lost in the lengthy New Order back-catalogue, such as ‘Your Silent Face’ with its magical, glittering synths.

“Clearly everyone has had a tonne of fun on this Saturday night in York, including Hooky, who tells the crowd of his enjoyment- you can tell he shares a sense of understanding with his fans, united in their love of the same musical heritage.”

Umbria Rock Festival - Fri 1st Aug

The Independent -

"Peter Hook & The Light provided Back To The Future moments aplenty with a strong set making the bassist's claim to the combined legacy of Joy Division and New Order as genuine as that of his former compadres. Being old enough to have seen both Mancunian groups in their prime, I can state that Hook has certainly recaptured the collision of Krautrock and garage rock that made Joy Division such a visceral post-punk proposition, and proves as decent a vocalist as Bernard Sumner.

Hook's khaki bermuda shorts and his over-reliance on the right hand over the head gestures might have made some cringe but his heart was in the right place. He even played melodica to recreate the icy grandeur of ''Your Silent Face''.

Lounge On The Farm - Sat 2nd Aug


"Peter Hook and The Light" were a star booking and one of the headliners at this years’ festival, playing tracks from the back catalogue of Joy Division and New Order, of which Peter Hook is one of the founding members.

 “Blue Monday” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” made an appearance on the setlist, and were real crowd pleasers....Peter’s energy flowed through the whole atmosphere - at one stage he almost accidentally knocked me out with his guitar! Amazing performance."

Camp Bestival - Sun 3rd Aug

The Guardian

"Peter Hook and the Light's revisits of Joy Division and early New Order were flawless.....”


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