PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT @ THE WILTERN THEATRE
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
Peter Hook & The Light took the Wiltern audience way back into the past with a brooding, but celebratory evening by playing revered New Order albums Technique and Republic in their entirety.
When not singing, Hooky stood at the edge of the stage, playing his bass and engaged with fans. A number of New Order songs were sung by David Potts (guitar/vox), sounding much like Bernard Sumner. Hooky’s son Jack Bates–who is usually on bass but was on tour with The Smashing Pumpkins– was absent, but Yves Altana (bass/guitar/vox) integrated just fine. Local musician Fred Sablan came on board for a few tunes. Paul Kehoe smashed it on drums and Martin Rebelski delivered those oh-too-familiar keyboards/synths sounds.
The encore served as a third and final set of both New Order and Joy Division classics. After two and a half hours of music, Peter Hook & The Light left us with a rousing rendition of the iconic “Love Will Tear Us Apart” reminding us how prevalent Ian Curtis and Joy Division still is. Curtis may not be physically here, but Hooky is and every time he’s in town, we’re gifted with more Joy Division and New Order gems.
The Los Angeles debut of Night Dreamer, a collaboration of musicians Jeff Schroeder (The Smashing Pumpkins) and Mindy Song, opened the night before they headed off to play The Hi Hat.
Set 1: Technique by New Order
All the Way
Round & Round
Set 2: Republic by New Order
Ruined in a Day
Set 3 – Encore of Joy Division and New Order
Day of the Lords
World in Motion
Touched by the Hand of God
Love Will Tear Us Apart