New Order’s Opening Night at Roseland Ballroom [10/18/12]

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 at 6:09 am by
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It happened last night. The latest lineup of New Order, sans founding bassist Peter Hook, played the first of two sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom, marking their first New York performances in seven years. Song selection featured much of what you’d expect from the post-punk pioneers, alongside a dazzling laser display and background scroll of b-roll footage.

Bernard Sumner led his group of three decades through a set (joyly?) divided between the polished pop tunes and the more dancentric material. The latter received the most positive response, stoking plenty of claps, arm-raising, and bopping from the multigenerational fan faithful. Opening with “Elegia,” the set built slowly through favorites like “Age of Consent,” “Your Silent Face,” and “Blue Monday,”  before climaxing with the disco ball finale of “Temptation.” Upon returning for the encore, Sumner quipped that “it would be discourteous to end the set without playing a Joy Division song.” So the group obliged, churning out both “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

Current New Order lineup comprises Sumner on vocals and guitar, Stephen Morris on drums, Gillian Gilbert on keys and guitar, Phil Cunningham on keys and guitar, and Tom Chapman replacing Peter Hook on bass. Their limited world tour wraps next week in Toronto (10/23).

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Full setlist:

  1. Elegia
  2. Crystal
  3. Ceremony
  4. Age of Consent
  5. Love Vigilantes
  6. Here to Stay
  7. Your Silent Face
  8. 1963
  9. Close Range
  10. Bizarre Love Triangle
  11. 5 8 6
  12. True Faith
  13. The Perfect Kiss
  14. Blue Monday
  15. Temptation

Encore:

  1. Atmosphere
    (Joy Division cover)
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart
    (Joy Division cover)

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