Peter Hook, founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, will be playing live tonight in Lisbon at Centro Cultural de Belém. Together with his band, The Light, he will be covering the whole of Joy Division’s first album, “Unknown Pleasures”.
This gig is part of a whole tour which has taken Peter Hook & The Light to many stages worldwide. The man who took bass playing to new heights is strongly committed in reviving live the legacy of two of the most important bands in the history of modern music.
After this tour, focused on “Unknown Pleasures”, but where we will have the opportunity to listen to further songs by Joy Division, Peter Hook will be focusing on two of the best albums of New Order’s career, e.g. “Movement” and “Power Corruption and Lies”.
The fist gigs of his new live venture are scheduled for January 17 at Koko in London, the place formerly known as Camden Palace and a true heaven for the new romantic and post punk generation, and at Cathedral, on January 18 in Manchester, the city where the remarkable sound of Joy Division and later New Order was generated.
For those who do not have the oppotunity to attend the “Unknown Pleasures” show or wish to retain the memory of that gig, Peter Hook & the Light has promised to release a live DVD of their concert at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, recorded on November 19, 2011 featuring this great version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.
Portuguese musicians join this Friday for an open air concert, covering the repertoire of the late Lou Reed, thus paying tribute to this influential musician.
The former red light district and drug hotspot of Intendente, now a reconverted neighborhood, home to the Lisbon mayor’s office and to a couple of groovy bars was the chosen location to host a concert for the memory of Lou Reed, the man who covered all walks of life in his songs and the wild side of human existence. Nearly 30 Portuguese musicians have confirmed so far acts in this gig gathering some of the best names in the country’s Rock, Pop and New Fado scene. “This will a tribute to Lou Reed by the rock people”, Nuno Duarte told Portuguese news agency Lusa. Witty singer Rui Reininho, from GNR, a man clearly influenced by the likes of Ferry, Bowie, Reed and the lot, is one of the names who has confirmed his presence, along with Anamar, known for her reinterpretations of Fado and for her fondness to cover songs from Bowie to Brecht/Weil, who will take also to the stage this Friday. JP Simões, former singer of easy listening crooner band Belle Chase Hotel, a man who has a way with words and a remarkable humor, now engaged in a solo career, will also join in. Zé Pedro from the most popular rock band in the country, Xutos e Pontapés, and a clear fan of heavyweight rockers like Reed to Richards will also be performing in this concert that promises to attract a huge audience considering the vast list of some of the best musicians paying tribute to Lou Reed.
Lou Reed, who died last Sunday at the age of 71 leaves a huge body of work, having worked with a myriad of big names in music from David Bowie to John Cale or Marianne Faithful just to new a very few. His death caught all by surprise and the world immediately shared his condolences and messages of grief from his former band mate John Cale to David Bowie who produced “Transformer”, one of his best albums. The Lisbon concert is one of the many scheduled for the coming weeks and months, along with numerous versions of his songs being played and announced by names from Arcade Fire to Artic Monkey through to Nick Cave or Pearl Jam.