Photos by G.
New Order! On October 18, 2012 New Order played their first show in New York in 7 years at a very sold out Roseland Ballroom. Unfortunately, bassist Peter Hook is no longer with the band and his presence was definitely missed. But with that being said, the show was awesome! Lead singer Bernard Sumner kicked off the show by apologizing for coming on a bit late (they started just before 9:30) as they were stuck in traffic due to the President being in town. He said that if he was American, he would vote for Obama. He continued, “but since I am British, it’s none of my fucking business.”
One of the great things about seeing a band like New Order in concert is that every song you’ll hear is life changing and has meant so much to fans over the years that the energy of the crowd is off the charts. Coupling that with the fact that so many of New Order’s songs were the dance floor anthems of a generation, seeing them performed live with a great light show made for a really great experience.
After an instrumental intro, the band kicked things off with the rockin’ “Crystal” and the show just got better and better from there. Thunderous applause and the audience losing their minds when the intros to songs such as “Ceremony,” “Perfect Kiss,” “Temptation,” “Age of Consent,” “Love Vigilantes” and “1963” induced chills many times. With songs like those, you could go home happy with the set list, but of course they also played their mega dance floor classics such as “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “True Faith” (including the iconic video playing on the jumbo screen behind the band) and “Blue Monday” made Roseland become electric. And if you think that the New Order songs made the audience freak out in delight, they also paid tribute to their roots playing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere” by Joy Division!
During every song, really cool visuals played on a large screen behind the band and the lighting was really awesome as well. Bernard Sumner said that he had a sore throat (though his voice sounded as good as it does on record) and his bass player had a sore ass, but the two events were unrelated. His witty banter in between songs kept me laughing before dancing my ass off. I haven’t had that much fun at a show in quite a while. Thanks New Order for touring and I hope it will not be another 7 years before you return to Manhattan.
See the set list after the jump.
The set list was:
Elegia (Instrumental) / Crystal / Ceremony / Age of Consent / Love Vigilantes / Here To Stay / Your Silent Face / 1963 / Close Range / Bizarre Love Triangle / 5 8 6 / True Faith / The Perfect Kiss / Blue Monday / Temptation
Atmosphere / Love Will Tear Us Apart