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Peter Hook celebrates New Order past, laments band's present

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Peter Hook formed his latest band, The Light, to play complete albums by his previous bands -- Joy Division and New Order. The reason, he explains, is public service.

"A lot of people never saw Joy Division play, especially in America," where the group was about to tour when singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in May of 1980, Hook says. "While I feel guilty about not making new music, when I revisit some of these songs that have not been played for 30-odd years, it feels very much like new music. They're such great songs I'm just delighted to be able to do them again."

Hook and company have so far performed Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer" albums in their entirety. The group's current North American tour spotlights New Order's "Movement" and "Power, Corruption & Lies" albums, while "Low-Life" and "Brotherhood" are on tap for next year.

Hook says this will be "very much an ongoing project," and he positions it as an alternative to the current lineup of New Order, which "re-formed...shamelessly in 2011 without telling me, without asking my permission to use the band name." Hook is currently suing what he calls "New Odor" over use of the moniker and prides himself on giving fans something entirely different.

"I think one of the problems New Order had was they were reluctant to visit the old material," Hook says. "They sort of settled on a setlist and refused to change it. I always felt like that was such a shame because of the wealth of material (New Order) had.

"And one of the sad things about New Order, or shall we say the incarnation now, is they don't use the correct instruments and it doesn't sound the same. Maybe they wanted to change the songs, but it doesn't sound as good to me -- and not as good as what we're doing."

Peter Hook & the Light and the Slaves of Venus perform Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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