Peter Hook & The Light Announce ‘Joy Division: A Celebration’ North America Tour

Peter Hook & The Light embark on a cross-continental journey that takes them across the United States and Canada in August and September 2022 for their biggest and most extensive trek to date, “Joy Division: A Celebration.” The North American tour launches August 11th in Toronto

Since announcing the tour last summer both Chicago shows at Metro are sold-out and joining as special guests will be El Ten Eleven in Chicago (both shows), Boston, Silver Springs, MD, Philadelphia, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.   

“So yeah, from that point of view, it’s actually nice to bring the two albums together [live]: you can see the contrast quite vividly when we play them. I do get some very almost teary moments. It has been quite interesting because Closer really does have a big effect on people, from an emotional point of view. Unknown Pleasures is very aggressive, it’s very punky, so live, it really rocks. Whereas Closer is almost the exact opposite: it’s very melancholic. It draws you in, and I must admit not only does it get a very emotional response from us while playing it, but you get an emotional response from the audience.”  

– Peter Hook, in an interview with Big Takeover 

Around twenty-six dates overall, the tour takes place across five weeks. The band returns to some venues and debuts at others to perform Joy Division’s seminal two albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full.  

Peter Hook & The Light's Announce 'Joy Division: A Celebration' North America Tour
The Light Live At 02 Academy Leeds July 1, 2022 | Cr: Neil Chapman / Unholy Racket

Additionally, the tour will feature Joy Division rarities and an opening set of New Order material. The tour follows the debut UK dates for “Joy Division: A Celebration” which commemorates the 40th anniversary of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence. 

“’Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is a masterpiece that has stood the test of decades, and is the perfect ending to a superb event…”

 – Yorkshire Post

Returning for his ninth tour of the States with Peter Hook & The Light, Hooky comments: “Definitely one of the highlights/lowlights of my profession is the travelling. It was amazing what a blessing it was not to have to do it over lockdown but amazing again how soon you missed seeing all these wonderful places the world has to offer. You lot in America are so lucky to have such a varied and wonderful country. I can’t wait to get back there, and my mouth is watering at the thought of going to my first ‘Coffee Shop’ breakfast. I am easily pleased.”

Peter Hook & The Light's Announce 'Joy Division: A Celebration' North America Tour
The Light Live At O2 Academy Brixton July 10, 2022 | Cr: Richard Gray

The first few dates were originally scheduled for May 2020, but due to the pandemic have only just taken place in the UK and across France to great reviews and reactions from fans and critics alike to The Light’s dedication to and passion for the catalogue across what is a near three-hour show. 

About the reaction on returning to live concerts, Hooky added; “The gigs so far have all been wonderful and the fans and the band have been wonderful too! It does nothing for my imposter syndrome; I am very grateful that we have all risen back to this after what we have been through these past few years. Thank you all. We have a lot to be thankful for. Ian Curtis R.I.P.” 

Because of the Ian Curtis death, Joy Division had to cancel their US Tour. Thus, also resulting in the death of Joy Division itself. But, later on as a new trio, create with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris played as New Order and stopped through New York in 1981.  

Peter Hook & The Light’s ‘Joy Division: A Celebration’ Tour Dates:

August 11 – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ONT

August 12 – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ONT

August 13 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC

August 15 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

August 16 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

August 18 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

August 19 – Metro – Chicago *SOLD OUT

August 20 – Metro – Chicago *SOLD OUT

August 22 – The Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI

August 23 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

August 25 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD

August 26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

August 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

August 29 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

August 30 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

August 31 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

September 2 – House Of Blues Houston – Houston, TX

September 3 – House Of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX

September 5 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

September 6 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, CA

September 8 – The Theatre At Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

September 9 – The Theatre At Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

September 10 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

September 12 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

September 13 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA

September 14 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

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