New Order delivered a beautiful and unique performance at old Granada Television Studios in Manchester last night. This was their first of 5 concerts with a 12-member synthesizer ensemble—which continues July 1st, 6th, 13th and 15th at the Manchester International Festival
The Manchester legends delivered a 15-song set, with the synth players were in two rows of six stacked on top of each other behind the stage—not unlike a modern opera.
Frontman Bernard Sumner made good on his promise of deep cuts, as New Order performed six songs not played live in Decades (Yes, they played that too), performing Joy Division’s Disorder for the first time since 1980, and the very first time ever as New Order.
The Power, Corruption & Lies track Ultraviolence was performed live for the first time since 1984—Shellshock returned for the first time in 20 years, and not since the Technique tour in 1989 had their been performances of Sub-culture, All Day Long and Vanishing Point . Dream Attack also made it#s return, not being played since 1993, and the 2001 song Behind Closed Doors its live debut.