Peter Hook to Stream Concert Celebrating Joy Division’s Ian Curtis
Peter Hook is remembering Joy Divison vocalist Ian Curtis on the 40th anniversary of his passing with a special stream of the concert film “So This Is Permanent” tomorrow, May 18th. The three-hour movie features Hook and his band The Light performing the entire Joy Division catalog during a 2015 concert at Christ Church in Macclesfield, which was the hometown of the late singer.
“The idea of coming back to Macclesfield, Ian’s home town and to the church Ian attended as a child as well as in his youth was wonderful,” Hook said. “I wanted to do something different, something unique. I love playing our songs and what better opportunity could there be than to play every song Joy Division song ever wrote and recorded. They thought I was mad. I thought I was mad but we pulled it off. We played every song in one go. It was so emotional. I was so proud. I did it for Ian.”
The video will premier at 12 noon BST on May 18th and run for 24 hours. The stream is entirely free and can be found on the Joy Division YouTube and Facebook pages as well as The Light’s Facebook page. While the stream is free, Hook and company are encouraging people to make donations to Epilepsy Society if they are able. A DVD of the broadcast will be released in mid June.