Post-Hooky New Order played to a sold-out Palladium Ballroom in Dallas last Friday. It was my third time seeing them (’93 Republic tour in Dallas & ’05 at Coachella), but the first in a more intimate, club-like setting. Palladium is a cavernous warehouse space, but on this packed night it seemed downright cozy.
The crowd itself was one of the more engaged at a Dallas show in recent memory. Certainly there were those just there to see “Bizarre Love Triangle”, but most appeared to have a sense of giddy reverence… amazed to be in the same room with such legends.
It’s impossible to talk about the show without mentioning the absence of estranged bassist Peter Hook. In my estimation, it actually made it better on several fronts. One, the band were in great spirits without the insufferable lug on the bus. Also, with Hook doing live performances of the Joy Division and early New Order catalog, there’s a wrestling match over the band’s legacy, which led to more old-school deep cuts in the set list.
And perhaps most important, new bassist Tom Chapman is a flat-out better player than Hook. Blasphemy, I know. Of course Hook created that signature sound and was a driving force of the band in its heyday, but the fact is he can be a sloppy live player and can’t match Chapman’s technical chops.
That said, it was a fantastic show. Couldn’t believe I got to see “Love Vigilantes”, “586” and “Shadowplay” live. I didn’t roll video on the whole show because I wanted to just take it in as much as possible — and I didn’t want to be “that guy” – but check out the selections I did upload to my youtube channel, as well as a couple from user yancunian. Full set list at the end of the post, courtesy setlist.fm. Enjoy!
New Order, Dallas Palladium Ballroom 10-12-12 set list:
- Age of Consent
- Love Vigilantes
- Here to Stay
- Your Silent Face
- Bizarre Love Triangle
- 5 8 6
- True Faith
- The Perfect Kiss
- Blue Monday
- (encore) Atmosphere
- Love Will Tear Us Apart