29 Aug 2011
The Light's USA, Canada & Mexico Tour 2011 
Peter Hook and the Light embark upon an extensive North American and Mexican tour this September (and October), playing a mixture of Unknown Pleasures and Closer shows.

The full itinerary is:

September

Tue 13 - Irving Plaza, New York [*]
Wed 14 - The Music Box, Los Angeles, California [*]
Fri 16 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California [~]
Sat 17 - Mezzanine, San Francisco, California [*]
Mon 19 - Bluebird Theatre, Denver, Colorado [~]
Tue 20 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts [*]
Wed 21 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC, Washington [*]
Fri 23 - Metro, Chicago, Illinois [*]
Sat 24 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Ontario [~]
Sun 25 - Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec [~]
Wed 28 - Black Box, Tijuana, Mexico [~]
Thu 29 - The Warehouse, Guadalajara, Mexico [~]

October

Sat 1 - Venue TBA, Mexico City, Mexico [~]

Key to performances

[~] - Unknown Pleasures
[*] - Closer

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