By Philip Cosores
Since splitting with New Order in 2007, Peter Hook has not shied away from wheeling out Joy Division classics, often performing whole albums of Joy Division songs despite the lack of Bernard Sumner and the late singer Ian Curtis. But, while Hook has played a lot of the Joy Division material for lucky fans, an upcoming gig will have him trying something that has never been done before: he’ll be playing all of Joy Division’s catalog in one evening.
As for what the Joy Division catalog refers to, it means the band’s two proper releases, 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and 1980’s Closer, both of which have been performed in completion plenty of times. But, it also refers to 1981’s Still, a collection of unreleased Joy Division tracks that came out a year after Curtis’ death. This will be the first time that Still will be performed live in its entirety.
The performance is being called “So This Is Permanence” and will take place on May 18 at the Christ Church in Macclesfield, England, the city where the band’s legendary frontman grew up and eventually took his own life in 1980. Hook will be performing with his band, the Light.