Review: Peter Hook at the Light live at Webster Hall

Posted by The G on September 16, 2013 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Peter Hook

On September 13, 2013 New Order and Joy Division’s Peter Hook packed the house at New York’s Webster Hall as he performed 2 full New Order albums, “Brotherhood” and “Power, Corruption and Lies.”  Unfortunately, as of press time, Peter Hook is estranged from the other 3 members of New Order, so they are doing their thing and Peter Hook is doing his thing.  Billed as Peter Hook and the Light, you could have closed your eyes and hardly known that you were not hearing the original lineup of New Order.  Hook’s voice has a hypnotic way of sounding both like Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and New Order’s Bernard Sumner.  Coupled with the fact that Peter Hook has some of the best bass lines in music and that every song (no matter how obscure) induced a full crowd sing-a-long, the show was really awesome!

In addition to hearing songs that I never dreamed I’d ever hear live (like the studio version of “5 8 6,” and “Cries and Whispers”), Peter Hook also dusted off some Joy Division tracks like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and New Order’s mega-dance floor classic “Blue Monday.”  Though technically not on the record “Brotherhood,” the non-album track “Everything’s Gone Green” was also a welcomed surprise to the set and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned.   Thanks Peter for an amazing show!!!

Peter Hook Webster Hall 2013

Peter Hook

The setlist was:

Ceremony / Procession / Dreams Never End / Truth  / Senses / Chosen Time / ICB / The Him / Doubts Even Here / short break / Cries and Whispers / Age of Consent / We All Stand / The Village / 5 8 6 / Your Silent Face / Ultraviolence / Ecstasy / Leave Me Alone

Encore:

The Beach (Instrumental) / Everything’s Gone Green / Temptation / Blue Monday / Love Will Tear Us Apart

Peter Hook and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

Peter Hook and Geoffrey Dicker 2013.  Photo by a complete stranger.

I’d also like to thank Peter Hook for being one of the nicest guys in rock and roll.  He was super awesome to sign quite a few things for me from Joy Division, New Order, Monaco and Revenge and even commented on the items as he was signing them.  He was even impressed that as he signed a couple of my New Order DVDs, his signature on the items completed them as I’d previously gotten signatures from Bernard, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert.  Is that the coolest or what?!  Thanks so much Peter!!  I love you!

According2g.com’s Top Concerts of 2012

Posted by The G on December 5, 2012 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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I saw hundreds of bands again in 2012.  Which shows were my favorite of the year?  Read on!

 

1. Grace Jones live at Roseland Ballroom.  October 27, 2012.

 

Radiohead

Radiohead

2. Radiohead live at the Prudential Center.  June 1, 2012.

Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

3. Portugal. The Man live at Music Hall of Williamsburg. April 20, 2012.

Bjork

Bjork

4. Bjork. Biophilia live at Museum of Science.  February 12, 2012.

Pulp

Pulp

5. Pulp live at Radio City Music Hall.  April 11, 2012.

Susannah and St Paul

Susannah and St. Paul Peterson of fDeluxe

6. fDeluxe / Sheila E. at BB King’s.  August 29, 2012.

Jake Shears and Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters

7. Scissor Sisters live at Terminal 5. July 7, 2012.

Morrissey

Morrissey

8. Morrissey live at Radio City Music Hall.  October 10, 2012.

Shirley Manson of Garbage

Shirley Manson of Garbage

9. Garbage live at Webster Hall.  May 22, 2012.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

10. New Order live at Roseland.   October 18, 2012.

Video: “Temptation” live by New Order

Posted by The G on October 24, 2012 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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Excuse the occasional heads getting in my way and enjoy New Order performing “Temptation” at Roseland Ballroom on October 18, 2012.

Up.  Down. Turn around.  Please don’t let me hit the ground!

 

An Encounter with New Order

Posted by The G on October 21, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

It’s been one of my dreams to see and meet New Order and I am happy to say – mission accomplished!  It’s unfortunate that Peter Hook is no longer in the band and there seems to be a lot of acrimony between him and the rest of the band which is of course distressing for their fans.  After seeing Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris perform an amazing show, I was fortunate enough to meet the band.

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard, Gillian and Stephen were all so very nice and were happy to take photos and sign some autographs, which made me extra happy!

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again to New Order for decades of great music and for being so nice!  Meeting you was a huge thrill for me!

Review: New Order live at Roseland (1st Night)

Posted by The G on October 19, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Bernard Sumner of New Order

Bernard Sumner of New Order

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.”

Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert

Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert

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.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

Bernard Sumner of New Order (with Stephen Morris in the corner on Drums)

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!

“Saint” Bernard!

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.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

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