19 Feb 2010
Unknown Pleasures with Peter Hook 
Hooky tours intimate UK theatres this April / early May with Howard Marks in a conversational, musical and audience based show that sees the duo open up about their rock and roll shenanigans and pasts.

Hooky will also be playing various bass numbers, be open to a Q&A with audience members and plans to bring along unseen footage of Joy Division, New Order, The Hacienda, various out-takes from Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People.

Swapping rock venue for theatre seat, Hooky and Howard will talk candidly about the tragedy, hysteria, debauchery and disaster that have characterized his three decade career - and famously consigned both his bands and his club to history and legend.

Compered by Wales’ own legend of the counter-culture and man of many guises, Mr Nice, An Evening Of Unknown Pleasures with Peter Hook promises to be an exhilarating ride. Telling tales of the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll madness, mayhem and general misadventure behind the Manchester and Madchester scenes, the successfully rehabilitated Hooky will also recount some of the rip-roaring stories featured in his best selling book and lift the lid on events that, for reasons of prudence, weren’t featured on lawyers advice.

“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. Howard compering is a dream for me. I’ve known him a long time, and before my partying days were over, so we had some times. He’s such a nice guy and he’s had a very interesting life. Both have had our rocky paths, shall we say, but we’re very down to earth and like a bit of fun so it’ll be interesting." - Peter Hook.

The Peter Hook Unknown Pleasures Tour with Compere Howard Marks - full itinerary:

April

Sun 11 - Birmingham, Glee Club [0871 472 0400]
Mon 12 - Bolton, Albert Hall [01204 334400]
Tue 13 - Worcester, Huntingdon Hall [01905 611 427]
Thu 15 - Milton Keynes, Stables [01908 280800]
Sun 18 - Middlesbrough, Town Hall [01642 729729]
Tue 20 - Gateshead, The Sage [0191 443 4661]
Wed 21 - Durham, Gala [0191 332 4041]
Thu 22 - Burnley, Mechanics [01282 664400]
Sun 25 - Cardiff, Glee Club [0871 472 0400]
Mon 26 - Oxford, Academy [0844 477 2000]
Tue 27 - Wakefield, Theatre Royal [01924 211 311]
Wed 28 - Gloucester, Guild Hall [01452 50 30 50]
Thu 29 - Derby, Assembly Rooms [01332 255800]
Fri 30 - Norwich, UEA [01603 508050]

May

Sat 1 - Salford, The Lowry [0843 208 6000]
Sun 2 - Hull, Truck Theatre [01482 323638]

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