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Peter Hook & Section 25: Paris L'Elysée Montmartre 2008

Peter Hook & Section 25 Paris Elysée Montmartre 2008 ticket

Thursday 06/11/08

L'Elysée Montmartre is a nice medium size venue where I have seen several great gigs, from the late 80s to the late 90s, including Midnight Oil, The Church, The Pogues, and Peter Hook's Revenge. A decade and a half later, Hooky was back. I hardly realized that it had been 6 years since I last saw him in the flesh, with New Order.

This was more or less a "Factory Night", with Kevin Hewick being the support. His set - his first in Paris - was a little more than 30 minutes long, just him with an acoustic guitar. Quite a good voice! While preparing the stage for the main act, music from Factory bands was played on the sound system: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Electricity) and New Order (Everything's Gone Green) among others!

Then were Section 25, for 5 songs. Section 25 who played and worked with Joy Division, Martin Hannett and Rob Gretton, were Larry Cassidy (vocals), Vin Cassidy (drums), Ian Butterworth (guitar), Roger Wikeley (bass & keyboards), Stuart Hill (computers, front of house sound). The songs and sound were a mix of Bauhaus and Joy Division, with an odd energy that reminded me of Wire. Even if Larry had a cold, he was singing quite impressively!

Peter Hook & Section 25 Paris Elysée Montmartre 2008 poster

After the 5th song, Roger moved to the keyboards and Hooky joined in. They started with 2 Warsaw songs, "No Love Lost" and "Warsaw". Larry's voice and the band were perfect for these early songs. The guys on stage were making jokes, and the audience was not willing to be outdone!

Then they played several Joy Division songs: "Interzone", with Hooky and Larry sharing the vocals, the long version of "She's Lost Control", and a brilliant "Shadowplay". Hooky and Section 25 then started playing some New Order songs: "Dreams Never End", with Hooky on vocals, excellent, "Ceremony", and a great "Temptation". They ended with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which appeared to me to be "slow but fast"!

Section 25 were back to play an encore, before Hooky joined again to sing New Order's "Doubts Even Here". I must say that this final song was particularly good, with a peculiar density and a touching atmosphere to it.

All in all, good to superb renditions of Joy Division and New Order songs, which rival with the best ones I witnessed live or on video (Ian McCulloch / Echo And The Bunnymen or Bauhaus).

Peter Hook & Section 25 Paris Elysée Montmartre 2008 set list

Post Scriptum 1:
I was at l'Olympia on November 4th 2009 for the Bad Lieutenant gig. Barney, Stephen and the rest of the band delivered a good set, mainly made of BL songs, with just a couple of New Order and Joy Division songs.

Post Scriptum 2:
I heard the sad news of the passing of Larry Cassidy on February 27th 2010, at the age of 56. Even though I have only seen Section 25 once, I was impressed by the band and Larry's presence on stage. Listen to their "Always Now" produced by Martin Hannett, Rob Gretton and Ian Curtis.

Larry Cassidy
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