In May 2010, Peter Hook, legendary bassist of both Joy Division and later New Order, decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear both of Joy Division’s masterpiece albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer,’ live and in their entireties. Backed by his new band The Light, Hooky first played ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at the Factory club in Manchester on May 18th & 19th 2010 in order to celebrate the life of Ian — one stand alone sold out night quickly became two, and due to phenomenal worldwide demand, Hooky then began taking the show on the road with headline gigs & major festival appearances throughout Europe, a full tour of Australia & New Zealand as well as the band’s first tour of the United States in December which culminated in Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appearing live with the lads in Los Angeles to sing ‘Transmission.’
In the first few months of 2011, The Light continued to tour extensively throughout mainland Europe & Scandinavia. Then, exactly one year on from the debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ gig, on May 18th & 19th 2011, the band recreated ‘Closer’ for the first time ever, again with two sold out nights at Manchester’s Factory club, before continuing to hit the road once again. Hooky & The Light made their debut visit to Brazil in June with 3 sold out shows as well as again touring in Europe, heading over to Mexico & Canada for the first times and visiting the United States again for what was their second full tour of the region. In a move which both surprised and delighted American audiences, Hooky was joined by genuine musical superstars on the tour, as Perry Farrell again sang with the band in Los Angeles, this time lending his vocals to ‘Isolation,’ while Moby also appeared at both Los Angeles concerts to sing ‘Transmission,’ ‘Insight,’ ‘New Dawn Fades,’ ‘Colony’ and ‘A Means To An End.’ Smashing Pumpkins frontman and close friend of Hooky, Billy Corgan, also joined forces with The Light at Chicago’s famous Metro club to sing ‘Transmission’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart.’
Early 2012 saw Peter Hook & The Light again tour across Europe, visiting places like Luxembourg, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany for the first time while also returning to Scandinavia and performing live for the first time in Russia. On May 18th & 19th 2012, two years on from ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and one year on from ‘Closer,’ Peter Hook & The Light completed their live performances of the Joy Division back catalogue by performing ‘Still’ live for the first time, a compilation album which is made up of rarer tracks/B-sides as well as a live recording of the last ever Joy Division gig in Birmingham on May 2nd 1980. With this gig, Hooky completed his quest to perform every single Joy Division track live once again. For the rest of 2012, Peter Hook & The Light continued to tour extensively, with their very first full UK tour in May/June receiving rave reviews, which was then followed by a second full UK tour in November. Hooky & The Light also continued to perform throughout Europe.