As my car pulled out of the concrete cyclone that is Logan Airport around dinnertime Tuesday, PETER HOOK set the tone of the evening not more than 15 minutes after our meet-up. "Oh, that's a bit worrisome," he dryly offers after we approach the Sumner Tunnel (named for William H. Sumner, the son of Governor Increase Sumner -- not Bernard, my friend).
Saturday night's Peter Hook Presents Unknown Pleasures show at Royale was no Joy Division gig. But few in the audience seemed to care, and a mere fraction seemed age appropriate to even have had a chance to see the real deal back in the UK more than 30 years ago. But backed by his new band the Light, Hooky on vocals and bass barreled through the entire Unknown Pleasures album and a handful of choice Joy Division cuts -- opening with "No Love Lost," ending with "Ceremony" and creating a sonic high with "Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Saturday night Peter Hook brings his Unknown Pleasures tour to Royale, the fourth of a nine-date stateside trek that finds him resurrecting the landmark 1979 Joy Division album in a live setting. But he arrives with a fair share of controversy. The legendary bassist for Joy Division, New Order, and a handful of other projects first performed the album in May as a one-off for the 30th anniversary of singer Ian Curtis’ suicide.