Peter Hook tributes Joy Division as New Order members feud
In the time-honored traditions of classic bands, two things are inevitable--album tribute shows and skirmishes that send one camp touring as their former selves, albeit with missing members. Peter Hook is playing out both story lines this summer.
Hook's current touring project, Peter Hook and The Light, is just about midway through a North American tour that takes on the Joy Division album "Closer" in its entirety.
Hook was a founding member of the band, and used The Light to tour a replay of Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" last year. The success of that tour made a re-route with "Closer" viable, and the tour will also promote a live album of last year's tour, bringing the multi-tour cycle full circle.
The only real fly in the ointment is on the New Order side of the fence. Following the suicide of Joy Division co-founder Ian Curtis in 1980, Hook and the remaining members of the band re-grouped under the name New Order. Hook recorded and toured with that band until leaving in 2007.
Since then, Hook and his former bandmates have swiped at each other in the press, making any hope for a New Order reunion minimal at best.
This week, those former bandmates took the Van Halen/Pink Floyd route and announced a pair of benefit shows in Belgium and Paris in October as New Order, but with Tom Chapman replacing Hook on bass.
Hook took to the Internet to voice his unhappiness at the twist.
"I first I heard about this on Monday and it has taken me completely by surprise! Everyone knows that NEW ORDER without PETER HOOK is like QUEEN without FREDDIE MERCURY, U2 without THE EDGE, SOOTY without SWEEP!" Hook posted at his official site on September 9th as word of the reunion shows went public. "On a more serious note, I do not understand the decision THE OTHER THREE have taken. I wish they had approached me first. I do not agree with the methods they have used and feel it would have been courteous and professional to have spoken to me in advance of the announcements. It is very sad."
But Hook later clarified that fans shouldn't boycott the shows because of the intra-member politics.
"I want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have contacted me so quickly to express their disappointment at buying tickets for a "New Order" line-up which didn't feature myself," he wrote this week. "I have told them it's a great cause, raising money for Michael Shamberg's ongoing medical support has my full support."
Hook's Joy Division tribute tour with The Light continues, and drew some special guests in Los Angeles, with Moby and Perry Farrell joining the band on stage to lend vocals to a couple of the songs.
17 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
19 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theatre
20 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
21 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
23 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
24 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
25 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
28 - Tijuana, MEX - Black Box
29 - Guadalajara, MEX - The Warehouse
1 - Mexico City, MEX - El Pasaguero