Peter Hook and the Light bring nothing but Substance to the U.C. Theatre in Berkeley, California.

Walking out onto the stage and dedicating the first song of the evening to “Those of you who went and saw New Order last week,” Peter Hook immediately launches into “Dreams Never End,” telling the crowd “Here’s one you didn’t hear.” For the next almost two and a half hours the former and founding member of both Joy Division and New Order and his band deliver a set filled with songs from both bands that he was directly responsible for.

After playing both “Procession,” and “Cries and Whispers,” Mr. Hook and his band, The Light, (which includes his son Jack on bass) dive into New Order’s Substance record, a compilation which includes some of their most well-known tracks. “Hooky”, as he’s commonly referred to as, has the energy of someone half his age, as he delivers vocals and his undeniable bass tone on “Ceremony,” “Confusion,” and “Blue Monday.” Perhaps because of the slight amount of tension and anger that he seems to have held on to over his former band, the songs sound more energized, passionate, and filled with life than they have in years, and the near capacity crowd agrees, as they move their bodies and sing along with every word. But the night is only now just getting started.

After a short intermission, the band returns to the stage for round two, now performing the Joy Division album Substance in its entirety. Peter’s voice sounds frighteningly similar to Ian Curtis at times, and once again he proves that he was and always will be an integral part of anything he has ever been a part of. “Dead Souls,” “Warsaw,” and “Transmission” are all highlights of the second set, and by the time the show is finally wrapped up with “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” there is no denying that Peter Hook is still the driving force behind the music he helped create, regardless of who else is out there performing it.

Supporting Peter Hook and the Light is El Ten Eleven, the Southern California-based duo who put on a great set of instrumental post-punk inspired tracks. While the bass and drums at the forefront, their music had remarkable depth, and they are the perfect way to start off the evening.

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Event Date: 28-APR-2017