Joy Division‘s landmark sophomore album Closer was released 37 years ago yesterday (July 19), and like previous anniversaries, we all stopped for a moment to re-appreciate just what kind of impact it has had on music. Today, founding bassist Peter Hook has announced that he’s taking the music of both Joy Division and New Order back out on the road with a 2018 North American leg of Peter Hook & The Light’s Substance tour — with one very special date right in the middle of the tour.
“We are delighted to bring our ‘Substance’ tour back to North America in 2018 for another 27 dates across the USA & Canada between April & June,” the band writes on Facebook. “There will also be a very special, standalone ‘Unknown Pleasures’ & ‘Closer’ live show in Los Angeles on May 18.”
That May 18 date is important to note, as it will mark the 38th anniversary of the suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.
Those who can’t make it to Los Angeles date at The Wiltern will still get a treat via the Substance shows, named for the pair of late-’80s compilation albums that comprise this tour’s set list.
Here in Boston, the local date is an April 28 show at the Paradise Rock Club, and tickets to that and the rest of the tour go on sale this Friday (July 21).
Peter Hook & The Light, Substance 2018
April 26 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA.
April 27 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY.
April 28 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA.
April 30 – Théâtre Fairmount, Montreal, QC.
May 1 – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON.
May 3 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI.
May 4 – Metro Chicago, IL.
May 7 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.
May 8 – VENUE, Vancouver, BC.
May 10 – Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA.
May 11 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR.
May 12 – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA.
May 14 – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV.
May 15 – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT.
May 17 – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ.
May 18 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA. (Exclusive ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ show.)
May 19 – House of Blues San Diego, CA.
May 21 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA.
May 22 – Granada Theater, Dallas, TX.
May 23 – Mohawk Austin, TX.
May 25 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC.
May 26 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC.
May 27 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA.
May 29 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN.
May 30 – Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX.
May 31 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX.
June 3 – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL.
June 4 – State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL.
[Featured photo by Julien Lachaussee; used with permission.]