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Peter Hook to Tour Behind Joy Division and New Order ‘Substance’ Compilations

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As a former member of Joy Division and New Order, bassist Peter Hook has quite a legacy. Now, he’s about to take that his history on the road, performing their Substance compilation albums in their entirety in concert.

According to NME, Peter Hook & the Light will play six dates — all in the U.K. — between this Saturday (Aug. 27) and Sept. 17. That’s three weeks before the Oct. 6 release of Hook’s memoir of the band, Substance: Inside New Order, which is described as “a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band’s entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes, written in the avuncular, detailed and insightful manner of his first two books.” Hook has previously written books about the Madchester scene (The Hacienda) and Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures).

Released in 1987, Substance brought together all of the 12-inch singles and their b-sides that New Order had put out at that point, including “Blue Monday,” “Temptation” and “Bizarre Love Triangle.” As the lone track written exclusively for the record, “True Faith” became their first Top 40 hit in the U.S. peaking at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Substance is the band’s biggest-selling record ever.

A year later, another album called Substance arrived under Joy Division’s name. It contained “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Transmission.” It became Joy Division’s only record to chart in the U.S., reaching No. 146 on the Billboard 200.

Joy Division was formed in Manchester, England in 1976 by Hook, Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris. But on May 18, 1980, just as they were about to embark on their first American tour, Curtis hanged himself in his kitchen, Hook, Sumner and Morris recruited keyboardist Gillian Gilbert and re-branded themselves as New Order. Hook parted ways with New Order in 2007.

Peter Hook & the Light U.K. Tour Dates

8/27 — Somerset
9/3 — Bradford
9/4 — Brighton
9/15 — Glasgow
9/16 — Manchester
9/17 — Kentish Town

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