In honor of my birthday, I am giving you a present! A week ago today, on September 13, 2013, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band The Light performed the “Brotherhood” era non-album track “Everything’s Gone Green” at Webster Hall in New York. It looked and sounded just like this. Press play and enjoy! x
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!!!
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
The Beach (Instrumental) / Everything’s Gone Green / Temptation / Blue Monday / Love Will Tear Us Apart
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!
Wow! I have had so many wacky encounters with Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry and sadly for me, most of them have turned out pretty bad. My curse was lifted on September 13, 2011. Blondie was performing a concert and I had to miss it due to a previous engagement. As the venue was on my way home, I decided to check out the scene. Debbie was not in the mood to sign autographs for a legion of fans that were waiting to meet her, but she posed for photos with a few fans including me! I am SO happy. Thanks Debbie!
America, please meet Katy B. The British singer Kathleen Brien, better known as Katy B, has already made a big splash across the pond and is on a mission to conquer the states. Katy B celebrated the US release of her album “On A Mission” by performing a sold out show at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York on September 13, 2011 and it was great! She has a great voice and her music has elements of dance, soul, garage and house. It was so great to see that the audience already knew the words to many of the songs and Katy B told the crowd that even though she recently played a bunch of overseas festivals, playing for a New York crowd was the happiest she’s been in a long time.
Katy B’s hour long set which was filmed for an upcoming special on MTV featured her hits “Katy On A Mission,” “Broken Record,” “Perfect Stranger,” and “Lights On.” I am really enjoying her album “On A Mission” and I think you should check it out if you want 12 new songs to groove to! I spoke with Katy B after the show was over and she was extremely nice. She was very happy to sign my copy of “On A Mission” and thanked me for my support. My pleasure Katy. As I told you, I am looking forward to you becoming a huge star in the USA!
See the set list as well as a photo of me with Katy B after the jump.
On September 13, 2010, Brooklyn’s Sean Bones opened for Spoon to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their music is reggae based pop music and as this was my first exposure to their music, I liked what I heard. Our friends at RCRD LBL have a bunch of free mp3s of Sean Bones, so check them out while supplies last! The band played tracks off their debut album “Rings” and included a cover of “Our Lips Are Sealed.” I met Sean Sullivan after the show and he was super cool. See that photo as well as the set list after the jump.