Posted in music on December 9, 2010

Peter Hook @ the Philly show on 12/2/10 (King Taco)
Peter Hook

As a tour repeatedly billed as "Peter Hook Presents Unknown Pleasures," it wholly delivered on the premise.

The New Order track-free set featured note-nailing impressions of Joy Division's "No Love Lost," "Leaders of Men," "Glass," and "Digital," before covering their most famous LP from front to back. All the pleasures you'd expect of Pleasures were present -- the punchy, sumptuous intro of "New Dawn Fades," guitars searing during "Shadowplay," the jagged moves of "She's Lost Control." More fleshed out than the record, even.

Hook couldn't quite mimic Curtis' authoritative vocals, but his calls were crisp and competently matched each song's tone. He particularly savored the big repeated yells that close so many Joy Division songs. They show his animated side just waiting to break out.

"Transmission" was feisty, too, which is to be expected, but then the band filled "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with an ecstatic thunder the original never touched.

Hook warmly said, "Thank you and good night. God bless you all," before the whole gang left for good, removing any doubt that he shouldn't be taking this material on. Appearances from Sumner and Morris would have been nice, yes, but no cash-in would have been so devoted to its source material. Hook didn't try to be Curtis, which was the best path he could take. -[Spin]

That glowing review (?!?) comes from the 12/1 Peter Hook & The Light show at 9:30 Club in DC, part of the same Unknown Pleasures tour that hit Webster Hall two days later (12/3), and Boston the night after that. Was it actually that good? The eight-date tour continues in Portland tonight (12/9), and ends at Mezzanine in San Francisco on 12/10.

As Vice points out in a post entitled "SOMEONE STOP PETER HOOK" (a more popular opinion than SPIN's), a crowd member handled the vocals on "Ceremony" in Boston. Even worse, according to "Fuc 51" on Twitter, "Hook announced he had been paid $10,000" by the guy. We haven't fact checked the money transaction, but you can watch a video of the number, along with some videos from Webster Hall, below...

Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook plays "Ceremony" with a Fan in Boston

Transmission - Peter Hook's 'Unknown Pleasures' live at Webster Hall

Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division - Peter Hook - Webster Hall

December 1 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
December 2 Philadelphia, PA Voyeur
December 3 New York, NY Webster Hall
December 4 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
December 6 Chicago, IL Double Door
December 7 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
December 9 Portland, OR Doug Fir
December 10 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine



Comments (38)

A non-ass kissing review and a very honest review of Webster Hall is on Huffington Post -

Posted by Known Pleasures | December 9, 2010 10:58 AM

Nobody reads Spin anymore.

Posted by SpEHn | December 9, 2010 10:59 AM

I'm waiting for the "Krist Novoselic Presents Nevermind" tour.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:00 AM

^ just read that review. so peter hook played bass. and his son jack bates played... bass? i'm so confused.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:02 AM

i'm waiting for the paul mccartney presents "platic ono band" tour.

wait, what?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:07 AM

using SPIN review on "joy division - the musical" in an indie blog, that's a joke!

Posted by me | December 9, 2010 11:19 AM

You already did the krist novoselic thing. How about...... Andy rourke presents the queen is dead?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:20 AM

the doors2k

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:22 AM

on the youtube video it says something like "peter hook lets friend sing ceremony for his birthday"

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:28 AM

11:02 I was at the show, yeah there are 2 bassists, Hooky hardly played his, he hardly did anything but sing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:29 AM

only two words to describe that...


Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:33 AM

Stop beating around the bush, this tour is 100% absolute BOLOCKS! I'm sure it's fun but it's crap! Although, I'd also have fun if I went to a club and a DJ played "Unknown Pleasures" instead of a usual mix.

Hook, STOP, just stop already!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:35 AM

seriously, folks...who gives a shit?

the man needs to put food on the table - and he's waited 30 years to do so.

you sound like a bunch of whiny straightedge kids.

either you went or chose not to.

stop complaining.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:43 AM

more power to him. i hope he ruins joy division for all of you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:47 AM

As a JD fan, I am OK with Hook touring, but a note to that moron from Spin...the reason WHY you didn't get Bernie Sumner on stage is because they do not speak! Music journalists today are just awful.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:50 AM

11:43 and 11:47....Agreed!!!

ps- If Ian Curtis was alive JD would have the allure of Wire or Gang of Four...Suck on THAT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:58 AM

this is like the worst JD cover band ever. making money off you dumb NYU freshman.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 12:00 PM

"If Ian Curtis was alive JD would have the allure of Wire or Gang of Four...Suck on THAT!"

what does that even mean... both of those bands are still extremely well regarded and active today. sure Gang of Four has a song in an Xbox commerical right now and are about to go on a kind of lame tour, but they're still awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 12:02 PM

I was at the Peter Hook show not expecting much..had a good time and ran down memory lane..that is all I could ask for.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 12:19 PM

I love JD, but if that didn't end, we wouldn't have had New Order. For better or worse, I don't think JD would have been as popular as New Order. I think that's what 11:58 meant as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 12:27 PM

Anon 11:00am

Is that you Will?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 12:47 PM

he was great in philly...and Im glad he did this tour. I throughly enjoyed myself at the was one of those shows where I wish I was little less drunk at...but damn it was fun

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 2:03 PM

All the people who have yet to try hummus bring new meaning to the term "unknown pleasures"

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 2:13 PM

I'm pretty sure none of you mehtards even went to this show. Initially I was on the fence about it, afraid that I would witness one of my favorite albums ever butchered, but I'm so glad I came to my senses and gave Hooky a chance. It was fucking great. Yeah, we're all pissed Ian's not around. But that was his decision. Hook's approach wasn't mimicry; it was celebratory. He recognized that these songs shouldn't be locked away, put on some pedestal never to be heard live again. Were they as good as Joy Division? Fuck no. But Hook did the album justice, and the backing band also impressed, esp. Nat Wason on guitar. You haters can piss off.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 2:20 PM

All I know is letting some Boston idiot...friend or not...butcher "Ceremony" like that is a total travesty...period!

Posted by anonypus | December 9, 2010 2:41 PM

I'm waiting for Steve Ignorant presents Crass Songs. Wait...he is? He's Alive?

Posted by martin hannett | December 9, 2010 2:52 PM

Amen, 2:20. Why begrudge the guy for doing this? Did people go to this thinking they'd be seeing the second coming of Joy Division? No, and if they did, they're idiots. This was an opportunity to see a founding member of a great band play some great songs. He didn't embarrass himself, the band was tight, and the versions were faithful. Hook is not pulling the wool over anyone's eyes, not trying to trick his fans, and even if you cynically believe he's just in it for the money, so what? That doesn't diminish the fact that the show delivered. If you chose to spend the cash and go, as I did, then you more than likely had a great time and it probably even exceeded your expectations. And if you thought the whole thing was a bad idea to begin with, and a huge money grab, then you didn't go, and Hook didn't get your money. So everybody wins. And diminishing the HUGE contributions his bass playing made to JD's overall sound by comparing this to some theoretical Krist Novecelic Plays Nirvana or Andy Rourke Plays The Smiths tour is an absolute joke. Any fan of the band knows and appreciates what a fantastic and original bassist Hook has always been.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 2:54 PM

Yeah the show was off the Hook!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 3:09 PM

No wonder why - Boston suxxxxxxx

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 3:13 PM

Boston hummus has a bad aftertaste. Kinda reminds me of a salty bicycle tire.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 3:29 PM

I heard that guy singing onstage in boston is the same guy who posts all the hummus comments.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 3:48 PM

Dear BV. No one has ever accused you of being a journalist but this review (?!?) is the journalistic equivalent of ass-spam. All you do is copy and paste other writers' works so what does it matter to you if Peter Hook is doing this tour? If you don't "approve"; fine. Even a cursory search would reveal that Fuc-51 is untruthful and anti-Hooky for obvious reasons. Looking forward to your next Annie post.

Posted by Fact | December 9, 2010 4:21 PM

They don't have hummus in Boston do they?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 4:32 PM

lol @ 3:09

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 6:02 PM

Yep, that's all BV does. Cuts and pastes.


Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 8:48 PM

Imagine if Ian Curtis were still alive right now at 54! A weird thought, Ian not hanging himself and living as a middle-aged man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 9:45 AM

I had low expectations, but was blown away at the DC show. Hookie was awesome! People who are making fun of him probably didnt see it live or dont care enough about JD to support him. Again, it was awesome!

Posted by W | December 10, 2010 11:28 PM

I was at the Boston show and it was amazing. I can also tell you that it would be miraculous if the band was making bank on this. Touring is very expensive and the venues are small. Yes, the guy got to sing a song at the end and it wasn't great, but it was his birthday (I think) and so what? The show was excellent and worth way more than the completely reasonable ticket price.

Posted by Anon | December 15, 2010 4:57 PM

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