GIG PREVIEW

Peter Hook in full gravel-voiced flight.

Light set for night of Low-Life and Brotherhood

Two of New Order's defining albums will get the full treatment by Peter Hook and The Light

It's fair to say it was a rather messy divorce between Peter Hook and his former New Order bandmates, with relationships further strained when some members re-formed a version of the band without telling their one-time bass player.

However, whatever ill-feelings 'Hooky' may still harbour toward the personnel, he clearly has no such hangups about New Order's musical legacy, as will be demonstrated when he brings his current band, Peter Hook and The Light, to Warehouse 23, in Wakefield, on Saturday 5 March, to perform two of his old band's albums in full.

1985's Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood will form the meat of the set, with that period's singles and B-sides included for good measure, in a retrospective which culminates in seminal 1987 single True Faith. Although it was to be subsequent albums Technique (1989) and Republic (1993) which made the top of the charts, nevertheless Low-Life in particular is considered by many to represent the point at which New Order hit their creative peak and really nailed the dance-rock crossover for which they are most celebrated.

There will be an extra treat in store on 5 March, too, because in a neat twist on the usual gig arrangement, the band claim they will be providing their own support act – namely themselves – with a short-but-perfectly-formed selection of Joy Division material. Having seen them play a combined set of New Order and Joy Division songs at last September's Bingley Music Live festival, there's no denying they capture the essence of both bands very effectively, with Hook's gravelly voice suiting the tone and tempo of the lyrics and, of course, his unique 'lead' basslines making their presence felt just as powerfully as they ever did.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £22.50, from the box office on 01924 200162, in person from the venue on Smyth Street, Wakefield (open 11am–5pm, Mondays to Fridays), or via www.warehouse23.co.uk. There is a 14+ age restriction.

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