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DATE. VENUE

Date: Tuesday 8 April 1980

Venue: Derby Hall Bury (UK)


 

SET LIST

01. Digital
Duration: unknown
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Note: vocals by
Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance


02. Love will tear us apart
Duration: unknown

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Note: vocals by
Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance


03. Heart and soul
Duration: unknown

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04. The eternal
Duration: unknown

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Note: this song was played much slower than usual


05. Decades
Duration: unknown

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Note: this song was played much slower than usual


06. Passover
Duration: unknown

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Note: vocals by
Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance


07. Sister ray
Duration: unknown

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Note: vocals by
Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance

Total duration: about 20 minutes


 

DETAILS

Line-up: Ian Curtis (on Heart and soul, Decades and The eternal only) | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner

Opening acts: Minny Pops | A Certain Ratio | Section 25

On Monday 7 April 1980, the night before this concert, Ian Curtis took an overdose of Phenobarbitone


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ticket price: 1 (advance) | 1.25 (doors)


 

MEMORIES

We had other singers from Factory bands do most of the set then we'd do the instrumentals and then Ian would come on and do Heart and soul and two slow ones (Decades and The eternal). The idea was we played all the fast ones with the lads and he'd come on at the end. He really wanted to do it. So, when Ian went off a full scale riot ensued. One of our roadies was badly bottled, and it was all going off and Ian saw this, thought it was his fault and just crumbled. We took him back to hospital and it was a really incredibly stupid thing to do. Our intentions were good, cheer him up, make him forget about it all. Ironically it was these kids Rob met outside who said they were big fans but didn't have any money. So he let them in free, they started it all, real meatheads
(Source: Peter Hook | Bernard Sumner)

Bernard called me saying Ian wasn't well, and could I step in at a sold-out concert at The Derby Hall in Bury that day? Tickets were 1.50 and being touted at a fiver! He said to pick my favourite of their songs and they'd do those. I was like a kid in a sweetshop. I was a bit confused to find Ian there when I arrived. I couldn't figure out what was going on, but he helped me sort out some of the words. Section 25 came on and Simon Topping from A Certain Ratio, Bernard, Hooky, Steve and I joined in on their last number. Section 25 and Simon left and we carried on, starting with Digital and Love will tear us apart, which was unreleased but I was familiar with from a Peel session. At that point I left and Ian came on for Decades and Eternal, really slow, all he felt up to. The audience didn't know what the hell was going on
(Source: Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance)

Confusion reigned supreme during Joy Division's set at Bury, and the following is a rough reconstruction based on interviews with members of the audience. The Minny Pops opened, and were followed by Section 25. When it was time for Joy Division to go on stage, Ian was too ill to perform so the group jammed with Section 25 for a while, with everyone rotating instruments as the jam progressed. Section 25 went off stage and Joy Division began playing their songs, with Alan Hempsall, of Crispy Ambulance (renowned for his Ian Curtis impersonations), and Simon Topping, of A Certain Ratio, standing in for Ian. By the time of The eternal, Ian was well enough to sing but could not continue after Passover. Joy Division returned to jamming, but some skinheads in the audience had lost all patience and one threw a beer mug at Simon Topping and missed. A melee followed, with Rob diving off the mixing desk into a group a skinheads. Terry defended the stage and equipment with a microphone stand, but Twinny, the Joy Division roadie, was smashed in the back of the head with a pint glass and had to be taken to the hospital. Rob was also pretty banged up. Peter was kept in the dressing room and out of the battle by the combination of the persuasion of Tony Wilson and his wife, Leslie, and by Paul, of Section 25, holding him down
(Source: Mark Johnson An Ideal for living)