Peter Hook played all of Joy Division's 47 songs in Macclesfield.
Peter Hook, the former bassist with Joy Division, played the band's entire back catalogue in a church in Ian Curtis's hometown on the 35th anniversary of the frontman's death. Delivered in chronological order, Hook played 47 songs in three-and-a-half hours.
Peter Hook played Joy Division's entire back catalogue in a disused church in Macclesfield
Hook was joined by the Happy Mondays singer Rowetta, who took on four songs including New Dawn Fades. According to the Guardian, the audience hugged each other during "Disorder" and spontaneously applaud right in the middle of "Shadowplay".
Hook had earlier discussed Joy Division's legacy with BBC Radio 4, saying, "We were the Manchester post-punk poets. Ian was a fantastic lyricist and a wonderful, wonderful frontman. I think he's just an inspiration to people, especially when they're at an age where they're looking for something in life."
He continued, "I've become an ambassador, if you like, not only for Manchester but for Ian. Ian was such a wonderful man. He was caught in a mental illness that he suffered from greatly and couldn't control. I suppose [I] just do [my] little bit to show how good he was, what a nice guy he was, what normal human being he was and how, with a little bit of help, you can get through anything."
Ian Curtis hanged himself at his house in Macclesfield having watched Werner Herzog's film Stroszek and listened to Iggy Pop's movie The Idiot.
Peter Hook & the Light are set to play numerous UK festivals this summer, including BL9 Weekender, Manchester, 13-14 June.