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DATE. VENUE

Date: Friday 28 September 1979

Venue: Russel Club Manchester (UK)


 

SET LIST

01. Atmosphere
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02. unknown
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03. Colony
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04. Interzone
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05. Wilderness
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06. She's lost control
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07. Dead souls
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08. Transmission
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Note: part of the encore


09. Atrocity exhibition
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Note: no bass played on this track, as
Peter Hook was already in the backstage

Total duration: about 45 minutes

 

 

DETAILS

Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner

Concert organization: Factory Records

Audience: about 800 people

Opening acts: Teardrop Explodes | Foreign Press

Joy Division's final concert at the Russel Club before it shut down for the first time

Before the concert, Ian Curtis has a seizure in the Factory Club's office
Peter Hook eventually broke the neck of his bass when it hit the floor


 

MEMORIES

As autumn approached they played the Factory for the last time before it closed down for an indefinite period, as the Russel Club's license had expired. It had been 'our place' for sixteen months and there was a feeling that we were about to begin the next chapter. When Ian felt the beginnings of an epileptic fit, he lay down on the office floor and someone was dispatched to fetch me. It was unusual for Ian to have a fit before going on stage. There were too many people buzzing around when he should have been left in peace, but Ian did manage to recover in time for Joy Division's performance. As if the evening wasn't memorable enough, there was a fracas between Peter Hook and a member of the audience. Jumping down from the stage, he chased through the crowd and didn't return to play
(Source: Deborah Curtis Touching from a distance)

The gig was marred by some violence when Peter jumped off the stage with his bass during the encore in pursuit of one of four or five bullies who were hassling the audience and climbing onto the stage. The amplified sound of Peter's bass hitting one of the tormentors blasted through the Factory, and the bassist finally caught up with him near the cloakroom. Peter, no doubt disgusted by the entire episode, came back to the stage long enough to put his bass away, then sat at a table while the band carried on
(Source: Mark Johnson An Ideal for living)


 

PRESS REVIEWS

City Fun (UK) (September 1979) review written by Clancy

City Fun (UK) (September 1979) review written by Crystal Pet

City Fun (UK) (September 1979) review written by Kron Prinz

City Fun (UK) (September 1979) review written by Stephen Doyle