Every band hopes for that classic album that unites critics and fans the world over. I put forth that one such album is Unknown Pleasures by Manchester post-punks Joy Division. Few bands achieve the instant classic with their first release, as was the case on this 1979 debut. Do a search online and you’ll probably find a wealth of 10/10 reviews, or five stars, or whatever rating signifies as near to perfection as the site’s scoring system allows. I would also wager a whole heap of you are with me, right? Well, take a deep breath, people. Ready? Good. Bass legend Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order, Monaco, Freebass) will be touring the album around the U.S. this winter. Stellar news or what?
Accompanied by his current supporting band The Light, Hook will begin his travels on December 1st in Washington, DC. From there, the group will hit Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago before jumping over to the West Cost for dates in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Playing Unknown Pleasures won’t be a new thing for Hook. Back on May 18th, Hook and The Light played the album in full to mark the 30th anniversary of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis’ tragic death. The gig took place at FAC 251 in Manchester, England and is owned by Hook himself.
Hook is also playing the album in full and providing vocals at the UK-based Vintage at Goodwood this coming weekend, along with other Joy Division and Warsaw tracks (Joy Division’s original name). Check out his MySpace page for details.
Find a complete list of Hook’s North American tour dates below.
Peter Hook 2010 Tour Dates:
12/01 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voyeur
12/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/04 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
12/06 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
12/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
12/09 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
12/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
12/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box at the Henry Ford Theater