This show featuring Peter Hook & The Light is for fans 13 and older. If you’re anywhere near the low end of the admission age, chances are good that you know about this act from the older person who will be standing next to you at the concert. Turn to them and offer them a hearty “thank you,” because you are watching a legend.
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Hook was the bassist and a founding member of Joy Division, who started in 1976 and got in four years before lead singer Ian Curtis died. The band reformed as New Order with Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and guitarist Bernard Sumner. They traded some of Joy Division’s brooding, now-canonized, post-punk songs for more dancey, synth-pop sounds. The band has remained active, minus a five-year hiatus in the ’90s.
They reformed but Hook and Sumner’s continued differences couldn’t make it past 2007; it’s now a Sumner-driven project. With his new namesake project, Hook’s focus is playing the music of both influential bands. Joy Division and New Order each had records titled Substance. Peter Hook & The Light will perform music from both with his new lineup that includes his son Jack Bates playing bass.
Peter Hook & The Light perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at The Van Buren. Tickets are $26-$46 at ticketfly.com.