Joy Division co-founder and bassist Peter Hook has shared a recording of his band, The Light, playing every Joy Division song.
The three-hour-long set, titled So This is Permanent, is a tribute to former bandmate Ian Curtis and marks the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death.
Peter Hook has shared a recording of his band playing every Joy Division song as a tribute to former bandmate Ian Curtis, marking the 40th anniversary of his death.
The show was recorded in Curtis’ hometown of Macclesfield in 2015, but premiered on Youtube for the first time on Monday.
“It was the church that Ian used to go to as a kid, he was in the choir,” Peter told NME. “We got involved and did a charity gig to save it, which we did – it’s still there. We played every Joy Division song ever written and recorded in one go. It took over four hours and I was immensely proud of it.”
Ian Curtis passed away by suicide on May 18th 1980, at the young age of 23.
The event was streamed to celebrate his life, and viewers are also encouraged to donate to the Epilepsy Society as Curtis suffered from epilepsy.
In his interview, Hook spoke about the recording, “ It was tough, it was completely stupid and ridiculous, but in the end we did it and it felt absolutely wonderful to play the whole library of my absolutely favourite band.”
Watch So This is Permanent below: