The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and New Order Lead Ian Curtis Livestream Tribute Lineup

The event commemorates the 40th anniversary of Curtis death.

May 18, 1980 was a dark day in music history. That’s when Joy Division singer Ian Curtis took his own life just days before the band was set to embark on what would’ve been their first U.S. tour.

On Monday, May 18, 2020, Curtis is being remembered with a special live stream event, Moving Through the Silence: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ian Curtis. The date is doubly significant, as it marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The event promises two hours of live and exclusive conversation, music, and poetry in Curtis’ honor. Happening in the name of charity, 70 percent of all donated funds will be handed over to independent mental heath organization Manchester Mind. The rest will be divided between Nordoff Robbins and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.

Topping the bill is a special conversation with two of the singer’s former Joy Division bandmates, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris of New Order. Other interviewees include The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who will be talking about the influence of Joy Division on his band, Ian Curtis’s friend Mark Reeder, and a special appearance from Maxine Peake.


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