The whole "band playing a classic album in its entirety" schtick is beaten to death by now, but regardless, the format works--aging bands stay on the "still relevant" side of the nostalgia spectrum, and casual fans don't have to sit through post-prime material generally reserved for piss-and-beer runs. It's a win for everyone involved.
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This time, it's Peter Hook on tour performing Joy Division's final album Closer, its sprawling magnum opus released in the wake of Ian Curtis' suicide in 1980, and also, on different dates at different venues, the band's landmark debut Unknown Pleasures. It's Hook on vocals and bass, backed by his studio band, The Light.
SoCal audiences get to take their pick: The band performs Closer on Wednesday, September 14 at the Music Box in Hollywood (6126 Hollywood Blvd.), and Unknown Pleasures on Friday, September 16 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles (5515 Wilshire Blvd.) In between, Hook will be at the Hollywood Amoeba Music (6400 W. Sunset Blvd.) for a meet-and-greet 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15.
For more details and ticketing information, visit the Peter Hook and The Light official tour page.