Substance compilation-album series, sequentially and in their entireties. These shows are, of course, ecstatic love feasts for the faithful fans who shall flock tonight, but even the casually curious might be stunned and amazed at just how many massive hits bassist-singer Hook’s two biggest bands racked up on the charts from the ’70s to the 2000s. The best news is that musically the performances are very strong, as Hook and his hard-edged and hungry band play their ever-loving arses off and keep it all sounding fresh and contemporary. Now for some fightin’ words: Hugely influential, Hook’s melodically thumping bass style made him the primary architect of both Joy Division’s and New Order’s essential sound. Come hear the source.
Following up the big success and wild critical huzzahs of their U.S. shows in 2016, Hooky ’n’ mates do a second round of North American dates performing Joy Division and New Order’s revered Factory Records