Little did Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner realise when Moby asked them to join him on stage for a performance of Joy Division’s song ‘New Dawn Fades’ that they would be re-taught how to play it by rock ‘n’ roll royalty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The track, taken from the band’s seminal Unknown Pleasures record from 1979, was being performed by Moby during a tour which saw support from Hook and Sumner’s New Order.
Hook was speaking as part of an in-depth interview about Joy Division’s Closer, celebrating 40 years since its release when he revealed how he was given the impromptu lesson from the band. “One of my greatest moments was when we toured with Moby, and he was playing ‘New Dawn Fades’. He said to Bernard and I: ‘Why don’t you two get up and do it with us? Come on, it’ll be great,’” Hook remembered of the strange moment.
“We said: ‘Well, we don’t know it.’ And [Moby] got the Red Hot Chili Peppers to teach Bernard and I the music for ‘New Dawn Fades’ so we could go out and play it with him on stage.”
“You think you wouldn’t ever forget [how to play the song], would you? That was one of the most surreal moments in my life, that particular episode.
“With people who are your contemporaries, your heroes in many ways — and they’re sat there teaching you your band’s song for a band that finished 40 years ago.”
Watch the conversation take place below.