Peter Hook Plays New Order & Joy Division Classics On New Live Releases

There’s an interesting phenomenon that occurs sometimes when band members part ways. Rather than fans having to say goodbye to the music they love, they suddenly find it multiplying.

Take legendary rock icons, Pink Floyd. After Roger Waters left the group in 1985, he took his solo act on the road while his former bandmates continued to tour as Pink Floyd, and fans had twice as many chances to hear the music they loved.

New Order fans have been similarly “blessed” since bassist Peter Hook left the group ten years ago. Hook has spent much of his post-New Order time playing full-album concerts of his former bands’ catalogs, going all the way back to when they were Joy Division.

Meanwhile, New Order has continued to record and tour. Their most recent album, 2015’s Music Complete, has been followed up with a deluxe edition as well as a live album.

Not to be outdone, Peter Hook has announced plans to release not one but four live albums. Each will feature the complete track list from a classic album by his former iconic bands:

Movement – Live In Dublin (New Order)

Power Corruption And Lies – Live In Dublin (New Order)

Closer – Live In Manchester (Joy Division)


Unknown Pleasures – Live In Leeds (Joy Division)

In addition to the classic songs from each album, Hook promises to include additional songs and rarities from the album’s eras.

All four live albums will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22. The CD editions will follow on May 5 and can be pre-ordered at the links above.