Joy Division

9th November 1979: The Rainbow Theatre, London
On tour with the Buzzcocks

Songs performed:
01. The Sound Of Music
02. Shadowplay
03. New Dawn Fades
04. Colony
05. Insight
06. Love Will Tear Us Apart
07. She's Lost Control
08. Transmission (cuts).
Appx. duration: 30 mins Sound quality: 7/9

Thanks to Philip for the scan

All tracks were released on the following bootleg:

Shadowplay LP
(the sleeve wrongly credtis this performance to the 10th Nov. 1979)

The first 7 tracks appeared on the following bootleg:

Live Transmissions

Some tracks appeared on:

In A Lonely Place LP

A Retrospective Part II LP

There were allegations at the time that the sound quality was extremely poor while Joy Division played but improved dramatically after Buzzcocks started their set.

The Rainbow photographed in 2002
(C) Copyright
Joy Division - The Eternal web site
(Michel Enkiri) and reproduced here with permission

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Scan courtesy of


David Salmon was there:  I was at the Rainbow for both nights and I recollect thinking at the time that if they had not been on a stage performing in front of an audience (largely indifferent - many coming in late for Buzzcocks) they would have to have been performing somewhere just for themselves. Transmission left the biggest impression. I'd never seen anything as intense before or since despite the audience growing during the performance and being largely uninterested. They could and should have been the biggest band on the planet. Now a legend...   

Buzzcocks / Joy Division Autumn Tour 1979 Gig Schedule