Joy Division's Peter Hook Playing Unknown Pleasures and Closer at Grand Central Miami
Joy Division and New Order founding member Peter Hook.
Photo by Mark McNulty
In the spring of 1980, Joy Division's Ian Curtis hung himself. His tombstone reads "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
However, in the wake of Curtis' suicide, his bandmates Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris decided to stay together. They'd made a pact, though, to abandon the Joy Division moniker if any founding member left the fold. So they needed another name. And they chose New Order.
This second incarnation of the band pioneered dance punk. They became MTV superstars. They're revered as immortal New Wave icons. And today, they're still touring -- just without Peter Hook.
He's instead returned to performing Joy Division. And the occasional opening set of New Order songs.
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Things have been contentious between the surviving members of Joy Division for years. Even decades.
Hook, Sumner, and Morris initially parted ways when New Order broke up in 1993. But they reunited in 1998. Only to break up again in 2003.
But perhaps the most controversial moment in their relationship came in 2010, when Hook announced plans to begin touring the Joy Division catalog with his new band, Peter Hook & the Light.
Sumner and Morris, as well as New Order keyboardist and Morris' wife, Gillian Gilbert, were outraged. And indeed, they soon announced their own tour, as New Order, minus Hook.
Beyond the controversy, though, Peter Hook & the Light have been playing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer -- from Mexico City to Ekaterinburg, Russia -- for four years now. Many fans have been won over. Even some critics too.
And finally, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and so many other post-punk classics that almost no one heard in concert while Ian Curtis was still alive are coming to Miami, thanks to Grand Central and Poplife.
This South Florida show will also serve as the kickoff for Hook's latest trip to America.
Peter Hook & the Light's 2015 U.S. Tour Dates
*Performing Unknown Pleasures and Closer, plus opening New Order set
April 17 Grand Central, Miami, FL
April 18 State Theatre, Saint Petersburg, FL
April 19 Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
April 21 Georgia Theatre, Athens, FL
April 22 Republic, New Orleans, LA
April 24 Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX
April 28 Exit/In, Nashville, TN
April 29 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
May 1 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
May 2 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
As Hook once told Interview Magazine: "This is the nearest fans are going to get to Joy Division. According to the rest of the band, that's a bad thing to do. But the people are going, 'We love it. We wish the others were coming.'"
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Peter Hook & the Light. Performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Presented by Poplife. Friday, April 14. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale Friday, December 19 at noon for $25 to $30 plus fees via ticketfly.com. All ages. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.
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