We get it: you’re reluctant to see New Order play at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Tuesday (July 8) because to you it just isn’t New Order without Peter Hook. Point taken. Hook’s highly melodic bass-playing was always one of the most distinguishing characteristics of the band’s sound.
But these days Hook is too busy writing books (like The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club and Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, both of which are reputedly excellent reads). Well, that and touring with his band the Light, in which he plays New Order songs with people whose names are not Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and/or Gillian Gilbert. Meanwhile Sumner, Morris, and Gilbert are on the road playing New Order songs with some guy who is not named Peter Hook, but who does a pretty good job of imitating his sound. That’s as close as you’re going to get to the real thing until the inevitable reunion, so it’s your call.
See you there! We’ll be the ones hanging the giant “Peter who?” banner from the balcony.