Monday, May 18, marks the 40th anniversary of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis’ tragic death. Given the time, the band’s surviving members will be remembering their enigmatic frontman in a number of ways, including a vinyl reissue of their final record Closer which is also turning 40 as well as Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris taking part in a live stream in tribute the late singer.
Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has now revealed details of how he plans to pay tribute his former bandmate by announcing a stream of a concert film by Peter Hook & The Light called So This Is Permanent, which was filmed from the band’s hometown of Macclesfield at the 500-capacity Christ Church.
The special gig took place in 2015 and saw the band run through Joy Division’s entire back catalogue to celebrate what was then the group’s 35th anniversary of Closer.
Speaking to Consequence of Sound, Hook said of the show: “We did a concert in Macclesfield, England at Christ Church, where Curtis used to go when he was a child, we played every Joy Division song. It was such a crazy thing to do to. I can’t believe it — four hours. There were 450 tickets, and it was subscribed. In fact, over-subscribed by 10,000. That’s how many people wanted to see it. It was such a wonderful thing to do.”
He added, “We were scheduled to play on May 18th in Glasgow — sold out gig Barrowlands — but we’ve lost that now. So, we’re hoping to show that concert in full on the Internet, and hopefully on the Joy Division sites, which will be absolutely wonderful.”
The footage will be available for 24 hours beginning May 18th at 12:00 p.m. GMT on Joy Division’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on Hook’s own Facebook page.
While the concert film will be free to watch, Peter Hook highly encourages viewers to donate to the Epilepsy Society in honour of Curtis, who suffered from the disease.