On Saturday night, I went to see Peter Hook & The Light in Tampa. If you don’t know, Peter Hook was the bassist and a founding member of both Joy Division and New Order. Both bands (especially Joy Division) and Hook’s bass playing have had a huge influence on me and the music I’ve made over the years. If you aren’t familiar with these bands, I implore you to check them out, it might change your life. For the past six years, Peter Hook has been on the road playing the Joy Division and some New Order albums live (he parted ways with New Order several years ago). I went to one of these shows about a year and half ago and was floored. I wasn’t surprised that it was good, I was surprised at how amazing it was.

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With last Saturday’s show approaching, I decided that I wanted to take some pictures at it. Rather than not being allowed to bring a camera in, I shot off a few emails. I got in touch with Hook’s PR/media folks. They were kind enough to hook me up with a photo pass so that I could photograph someone who has had such a big impact on my life. For this tour, Peter was playing both Joy Division’s and New Order’s “Substance” compilation albums. The set was 31 songs and lasted just under three hours. I took 1,309 at the show. Most were duds due to bad lighting, the person moving around, and my own stupidity (as I changed some camera settings right before the show). After resetting the camera, I was getting the shots I wanted. I just kept shooting. From all those shots, I pulled 84 that were possible keepers. After going through those, I ended up with 45 that I edited. These are a handful of my favorites.

Peter’s son, Jack Bates, also plays bass in the band.

The rest can be found on my Flickr account

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This is the set list from the show.