Gigs & Festivals

Peter Hook and Howard Marks announce spoken word tour

By | Published on Friday 16 April 2010

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has announced a new tour which will see him in conversation with former drug trafficker Howard Marks, sharing stories of his life and career, showing some previously unseen footage of Joy Division, New Order and The Hacienda nightclub, playing a few songs on his bass and then taking questions from the audience.

Says Hooky: “We’ve got some interesting stuff that was left out of the Joy Division documentary and I’ve also decided to play a few instrumentals I like the bass on – ‘The Happy One’ and ‘Elegia’, for example. That gets me out of talking for a few minutes. I’m renowned for my music, not for my talking, so I’ll let some of my music do the talking for me. I will answer anything that anyone asks me. For me, it’s about being honest. If people have got any queries or if they want anything answering, they can have a go. I don’t care what they say – it will be off the cuff and on the fly.

He added: “Although there have been occasions when I’ve been wrong footed. In Canada, this kid said: ‘You’ve been a musician for thirty years. The first fifteen you never said anything (which we didn’t because we were very shy) and the last fifteen you won’t shut up… Why?'”

Tour dates:

18 Apr: Middlesborough, Town Hall
20 Apr: Gateshead, The Sage
21 Apr: Durham, Gala
22 Apr: Burnley, Mechanics
25 Apr: Cardiff, Glee Club
26 Apr: Oxford, Academy
27 Apr: Wakefield, Theatre Royal
28 Apr: Gloucester, Guild Hall
27 Apr: Derby, Assembly Rooms
30 Apr: Norwich, UEA
1 May: Salford, The Lowry
2 May: Hull, Truck Theatre