13 Nov 2008
Hooktion 25 
Alex Staszko reports on all of the Peter Hook Section 25 Eurogigs from a fan's point of view:

"The 4 gigs got better after each one. The setlists were slightly different: Paris was much shorter, S25 only did 5, with a different encore. Hook didn't do Ultraviolence at the 1st 2 gigs. Poppyfields was played at 3 & at the last 3 afterparties (it went down really well in Brussels), Pottsy turned up in Paris.

"They played Looking From A Hilltop on the last nite. A lad from Brussels who was stood next to me & had been at 3 gigs said it was the best version he had ever heard!"

Check out Alex's Facebook photo galleries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Cheers Alex.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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