Peter Hook And The Light’s debut hometown performance of “Movement” and “Power Corruption And Lies” at Manchester Cathedral Friday 18th January 2013 has now been released. Dubbed “quite extraordinary” and “a real triumph” by critics, the full concert is now available from Play Concert here on the site, where short clips from a hanfdull of tracks performed. Dubbed “quite extraordinary” and “a real triumph” by critics, here are some selected quotes from the original live reviews of the show.
“Hook swings the bass from side to side with passion during “Temptation”, stomps the stage like a dinosaur during “Dreams Never End” and its clear from the vocals he’s still got one hell of a roar, a guttural lungful of force adding extra weight to “Senses”, “Truth” and “Doubts Even Here” too. “As the set moves into “Power, Corruption & Lies”, via the squelching synths of “Everything’s Gone Green”, the cathedral becomes an incongruous rave setting with a few nostalgic acid house heads dancing like it’s 1989.
“This isn’t a simple run-through of Movement, either. Tracks have been carefully and subtly updated. There’s a lot of hard work gone into this set. Veering from the albums’ content, we’re also given bouncing reinterpretations of “Temptation” and “Blue Monday”, sending the Cathedral’s congregation into the Manchester night with a Ready Brek glow.”
“What Hooky has done is grab these songs by the scruff of the neck and give them a punkiness with his bass driving the songs with an added raw power. Tonight is a real triumph – everything was perfect from the venue, to the acoustics, to the delivery of the songs, to the tight band, to the vocals and that distinctive great bass playing. A romp through a back catalogue should never be this good but Hooky has made these songs have a very different narrative and put a whole new heart and soul into them.”
Louder Than War
As a free download from the Cathedral show, New Order rarity ‘Cries & Whispers’ has been made available to stream and download below, equally you can also hear an abridged edit of the full concert, highlighting some of the key moments through the evening and the accomplished nature of the performance as a whole. Preview clips from all the tracks can be streamed here.
Previously, Hooky And The Light combined on recording two of the gigs from the band’s November 2012 Unknown Pleasures tour, 53 Degrees, Preston and The Cockpit, Leeds. Free tracks from these shows – ‘Dead Souls’, ‘Transmission’ and ‘Isolation’ have been made available as well
abridged edits of both the Leeds and Preston shows. If you fancy purchasing each concert’s audio in their entirety you can get the Preston show by clicking here and for the Leeds show here.