I caught the revitalized New Order (sans Peter Hook) at Oakland's Fox Theatre last night and I must say, they were fantastic. Tight, rocking, passionate, and they looked genuinely delighted to be playing such a thrilled, packed venue. And yes, they performed three Joy Division tunes: a danced-up Isolation and then an encore of Atmosphere and Love Will Tear Us Apart. The band went deep into New Order's history (and ignored their latest material) including the seminal Ceremony, which of course was the bridge between Joy Division and New Order after Ian Curtis's passing. Here they perform that track more than three decades ago in New York City, on November 19, 1981.
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