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Peter Hook and the Light

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Salford, Greater Manchester, UK (2007 – present)

Peter “Hooky” Hook (born February 13, 1956 in Salford, Greater Manchester, UK) was the bassist for the English post-punk band Joy Division (1977-1980), and New Order (1980-1993 & 1998-2007).

Hook was a co-founder of Joy Division along with Bernard Sumner in 1976. Together, they recruited vocalist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris to complete the quartet. The band reformed as New Order following Curtis’ suicide in May 1980.

Along the way, Hook has had a number of solo efforts, most notably with bands Revenge (1989-1993) and Monaco (1996-2001).

In May 2007, Peter Hook announced that he and Bernard Sumner were no longer working together, which effectively spelled the end for New Order. The remaining trio of Sumner, Morris and Cunningham continued as Bad Lieutenant and Hook continued to work with his new band project, Freebass. This band released It’s A Beautiful Life in September 2010 and promptly split.

Since 2007, Hook has kept himself busy with his new band The Light and has toured around the world to play Joy Division’s first album Unknown Pleasures live. The current line-up is Peter Hook (lead bass, vocals), Jack Bates (rhythm bass), Nat Watson (guitar, ex-Freebass), Andy Poole (keyboards) and Paul Kehoe (drums, ex-Freebass and live Monaco drummer). Guest vocalist Rowetta (ex-Happy Mondays) performs at selected gigs.

The band release their debut EP, 1102 / 2011, featuring Rowetta, on May 2nd 2011.

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