Peter Hook will mark the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis's death by performing Joy Division's debut album. Curtis's former band-mate will reportedly convene with several friends to cover Unknown Pleasures in its entirety.
The one-off concert, to be held in Manchester on 18 May, is not be confused with Hook's Evening of Unknown Pleasures tour, which begins next week. For those theatre dates, Hook will show films, play new and old instrumentals, chat with writer Howard Marks, and take audience questions.
The memorial gig will instead take place at Hook's new FAC251 club, at the former site of Factory Records. Three decades after Curtis took his own life, Hook will team up with various pals to perform Joy Division's 1979 LP, according to NME. It's not clear whether they will leave out the vocals, delivering a poignant statement on Curtis's absence, or if guest singers will, er, just do Curtis impersonations. We also fear that three more bassists may be involved.
Regardless of whether Hook's former New Order/Joy Division band-mates will join him on 18 May, they are all supporting a campaign to build a monument to Curtis in Manchester, lobbying for the Epping Walk Bridge, over Princess Parkway in Hulme, to be renamed after the late singer. The bridge was the site of several famous Joy Division photo sessions. "I think it's fitting for him to cross Princess Parkway on a road that leads to the Hacienda," Hook told the Manchester Evening News. "It's right next to TJ Davidson's rehearsal rooms, the same road as where the Boardwalk club was and where Tony Wilson's flat still is."
More than 1,000 people have joined the campaign's Facebook group and organisers hope to bring a petition before Manchester council.