For a long time, the idea of ever seeing Joy Division’s classic debut, Unknown Pleasures, played in concert was an unknown pleasure itself. Sure, the Mancunian foursome toured the album on its release and, after frontman Ian Curtis took his own life in 1980, the surviving members’ New Order worked some of the tracks into its set lists. Now bassist Peter Hook is taking time out from writing his memoirs to play the whole shebang with his band The Light. From the angular insistence of “Disorder” to the sparse angst of “I Remember Nothing,” he’s going to do it all. He’s even throwing in a few early tracks and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to help the willfully ignorant and the extremely stoned believe they’re at a Joy Division gig. Considering this is the closest they’ll ever get, allow them that pleasure. Ahem.
PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT PERFORM AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930.