Peter Hook & the Light Announce ‘Joy Division: A Celebration’ 2022 North American Tour

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Rock Cellar Magazine

In 2022, Peter Hook and the Light will embark on a 26-date tour across North America — and Joy Division: A Celebration sounds like a fantastic night out for fans of the band.

Officially announced on Tuesday, the five-week trek will see the band perform Joy Division’s seminal two albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full with additional Joy Division rarities and an opening set of New Order material, per a news release.

The dates:

August 11 The Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
August 12 The Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
August 13 Club Soda Montreal, QC
August 15 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
August 16 The Eastern Atlanta, GA
August 18 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
August 19 Metro Chicago, IL
August 20 Metro Chicago, IL
August 22 The Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
August 23 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
August 25 The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
August 26 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
August 27 Terminal 5 New York, NY
August 29 The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ
August 30 Mohawk Austin, TX
August 31 Mohawk Austin, TX
September 2 House Of Blues Houston Houston, TX
September 3 House Of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX

Tickets go on sale this week — for more, visit Hook’s official site.

More context for this special tour, per that news release:

These Joy Division album shows have become much less common for The Light as they moved through their progression of touring the New Order albums in succession in the almost twelve years since Hooky began his odyssey through both his bands’ back catalogues.

That journey has seen them now perform his bands’ albums all round the world including numerous tours of North and South America, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the Far East.

The influence of Joy Division and their music remains strong in popular culture, holding a sincere reverence. The albums are played sequentially in track order, respecting the inspiration and impact of the stunning debut album Unknown Pleasures and the immaculately produced second Closer.

Unknown Pleasures features “Disorder,” “Insight,” “New Dawn Fades,” and “She’s Lost Control” while Closer, considered “a start to finish masterpiece” by Pitchfork Media counts “Atrocity Exhibition,” “Heart And Soul” and “Twenty Four Hours” among its many highlights.

In addition to the albums, the concerts span the entirety of Joy Division’s rich but short career including early Warsaw material, tracks from the compilation LP Still to the final songs “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place” written by Joy Division which were to form New Order’s first single.