Mr Lina likes a lot of influencial music that is just noise to me, typically, he knows where that line is and goes to those shows on his own. He was a rather angry person in his high school/university days, so a lot of angry music takes him to his "roots". I like Culture Club and Corey Hart for the same nostalgic reasons as he likes Ministry (or their side project Revolting Cocks) or KMFDM. So I was a bit surprised when there was an "OMG PETER HOOK IS COMING TO TORONTO!!!!" email (I may be exaggerating) and he bought tickets for us, my manager (who shares taste in music with Mr Lina) and a friend of his from high school (there are many Manitobans among us). I had no clue who Peter Hook was, but I trust him.
Peter Hook was a guitarist in Joy Division. Joy Division had a couple of albums under their belt, a big following in the UK, success in Europe and about to go to the US. They would have broken big. But, their lead singer commited suicide the night before their plane was to take off for the North American tour. This was his second attempt at suicide. He was struggling with his mental health, epilepsy, felt the pressure of the band, his failing marriage... lots of factors. The remaining members felt they couldn't record as Joy Division any more and became New Order.
The concert was awesome. Truly. Opening acts were okay, well themed to the music we would be hearing. When Peter Hook hit the stage, my feet already hurt from standing (another reminder I'm not 25 anymore). The music was good, I start moving along to it. I don't know any of the music, but it was good. Then he left, we cheer, he comes back for encore. The music gets more dancable, I'm totally grooving along now, again, still don't know anything. Then he leaves, I figure well, that was good. But no house lights. He came back AGAIN. Now everyone is dancing, crowd is happy and friendly and dancing up a storm. And then he closed with a song I do know.
Mr Lina was right in his excitement and taking me along. I was so hyper from dancing and moving, driving home at 2am, I felt 25 for a little while.