New Order Kicks Off Tour With Live Debut of Rarity

New Order kicked off their UK & European Tour last week with a healthy dose of old material and one track never before heard live before.

The Mancunians are touring Europe in support of Substance 1987, an amazing collection of the iconic group's 12″ singles through '87 and corresponding B-sides.

Naturally there are various versions of this re-release box set that was originally conceived 35 years ago.

One of the quad-CD sets has the original album remastered on two of the CDs, a third disc is derived from tracks that were released exclusively on the cassette.

The fourth disc contains "Substance Live," an unreleased concert from the group's 1987 Irvine Meadows (RIP) gig, which concluded with the notoriously noisy "Sister Ray" from the Velvets.

The setlist from the Irvine show of Sept. 1987.

The veteran quintet left Sister Ray with them in the '80s, sadly, but they brought several Joy Division songs with them.

At the Royal Arena show in Copenhagen they even brought back the Joy Division track "Isolation," which they hadn't performed since 2014.

The Danes were fortunate to hear "Shake It Up" for the first time ever. Originally recorded in 2005 when Peter Hook was still playing bass, the tune came out a decade ago on the Lost Sirens collection of archival material.

"We've never played it before, so bear with us if we get it wrong," singer Bernard Sumner told the 16,000 fans.

The night concluded with a trio of Joy Division classics "Atmosphere," "Transmission," and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" during the encore that sent the audience home with warm fuzzies.

New Order has several more shows on their calendar for this Euro leg, namely the O2 tonight.

Get your tickets on the New Order website.

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Last updated: 29 Nov 2023, 10:11 Etc/UTC