The Light Return To Buxton Opera House - Movement / Power, Corruption & Lies - 23rd July 2013

Posted on Friday, 15 March 2013

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Peter Hook & The Light are excited to announce that their next headline performance of their critically acclaimed New Order based set, which features full live performances of both 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption & Lies' alongside various other singles & B-sides, will take place on July 23rd as Hooky and his band return to the Opera House in Buxton, following on from their original sold out performance of both Joy Division albums at the same venue back in February 2012...

Peter Hook & The Light first played their 'Movement' // 'Power, Corruption & Lies' sets in January 2013 with two sold out performances at KOKO London and Manchester Cathedral - today, the band are excited to announce their return visit to a historic venue such as the Opera House for their next headline performance of this set...

Ticket information for this show will be posted shortly...

Peter Hook & The Light performing 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption & Lies'...

The Times:

“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…after two hours, Hook signed off with Temptation and a suitably heroic finale of New Order’s biggest hit, Blue Monday.”

The Sun:

“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 then the inevitable encore of Blue Monday….You've still got it, Hooky.”


Not every legendary band is New Order, and no band ever had a single band member like Peter Hook. After a couple of acclaimed tours performing Joy Division's material, the bass hero has now turned his attention to the early years of New Order.
While pages and pages of text has been written about how influential Peter Hook’s bass sound is, and how much it defined Joy Division and New Order, it seems it’s relatively unknown that he’s also a very compelling front man. He’s particularly engaging on earlier tracks like 'Ceremony' and 'Truth'. 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. The transition from a debut album track, 'Senses' for example, via the inter-album singles like 'Everything’s Gone Green' to 'Age of Consent' and the sudden confidence of the synth/rock/indie sound is really compelling to hear live.

Evening Standard:

“the real success last night, however was the songs. Dreams Never End revealed where The Cure got many of their ideas from, while Chosen Time sounded like a dance-friendly version of Editors….there are few bassists as distinctive as Hook. Age of Consent — a propulsive synth-pop favourite from Money, Corruption & Lies — was one of many songs to showcase his uniquely melodic playing style.”


“the result is new tracks that are ghostly reminders of a different time. So yes, it was different. But the gloomy, melodic sounds and trait beats were instantly recognisable .....the drumming was fantastic and the arrangements near flawless.

Manchester Evening News:

“There was never any doubt that this gig by the New Order legend and his new band was to be something quite extraordinary….there was certainly an air of eager anticipation that this was an event, a happening, a moment in history….his 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.”

Louder Than War:

“The gig is already unfolding into a triumph with a very tight band led by Hooky’s defining bass and surprisingly assured and great vocals finding a whole new meaning in the dusty old songs and maybe helping hook himself to find some sort of sense in his back catalogue….. 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….A romp through a back catalogue should never be this good but Hooky has made these songs have a very different narrative and put a whole new heart and soul into them.


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