I spent Friday with New Order‘s just-released live set Education Entertainment Recreation, which captured the band’s November 2018 show at London’s Alexandra Palace – a show with a great set list and performance from the band’s current lineup. And when I saw them live for the first time a few months earlier on that same tour – it took me that long because reasons – they were also great. No complaints.
But because the original lineup was just iconic, it always feels like there’s an asterisk beside my crossing them off the bucket list, thanks to Peter Hook’s departure from the band in 2008. And considering how publicly acrimonious his relationship with his former bandmates – Bernard Sumner, in particular – has been in the years since, I don’t expect a chance to see the four of them performing together again is going to happen anytime soon/ever.
So at least there’s Live In Glasgow, an officially-released video of their performances in Scotland in October 2006, circa Waiting For The Siren’s Call, and one of the last with Peter Hook in the band. And yeah second guitarist Phil Cunningham was already officially a member so you can argue it’s already not the Classic Coke New Order, but whatever. If the ’80s live experience is your jam, the DVD set comes with a second disc of performances culled from throughout that decade. They’re probably also all available online but I’m not going to dig those up right now.
nb: the embed is disabled, so you’ll have to click through to the YouTube mothership to watch.