Mind to benefit from Joy Division tribute gig led by Peter Hook
Posted Monday 19 April 2010
Three decades after it was first released, and on the 30th anniversary of the untimely passing of Ian Curtis, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has decided to commemorate Ian’s life and contribution to modern music with a special concert where Hooky and The Light will perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures in entirety for the first time.
Donations from the evening are being made to mental health charity Mind and the Keith Bennett Appeal.
Joined at the Factory Manchester by special guests for some album tracks during the performance, The Light will run through the entire album in track order, beginning with “Disorder”, following through with “Insight”, “New Dawn Fades”, “She’s Lost Control” and finishing on “I Remember Nothing”. Other Joy Division classics may be aired at the concert following the performance of the album.
Hooky decided personally on the concert as an appropriate way to celebrate Ian’s life. Sensitive to the history and drama surrounding the anniversary concert he has chosen two charities to support from the event - Mind, the leading mental health charity for England and Wales, and the Keith Bennett Appeal, a charity to help Winnie Johnson, mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, to recover his remains. Both charities are to receive sizeable donations from the concert.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind said, “It is wonderful that Mind is going to benefit from such an exciting event. The generous donation will help fund our work to improve the lives of people with mental distress, including our MindinfoLine, which provides confidential advice and support to those that need it. Our sincerest thanks go to Peter Hook and everyone else that is involved. By raising awareness of mental health we can help combat the huge stigma that surrounds it and show others that it is okay to be open about your experiences and to seek help.”
In what is bound to be an emotive and very special Manchester occasion, the Unknown Pleasures concert on May 18th will allow a fitting tribute to an iconic and much missed lead singer, and one whose influence on the city and its music scene has never abated.
The event is to be held at The Factory in Manchester on Tuesday May18th. Tickets cost £19.99 can be purchased from http://factory.fatsoma.com/event_etickets.php?eid=25212