PICTURES: Looking back at the wild concerts Joy Division played in Sheffield on 37th anniversary of death of Ian Curtis

Joy Division played at The Top Rank in Sheffield.
Joy Division played at The Top Rank in Sheffield.
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Today marks the 37th anniversary of the death of legendary Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

Fans across the globe are remembering the singer who died at the age of 23 on May 18, 1980 after committing suicide ahead of an American tour.

Ian Curtis died on May 18, 1980.

Ian Curtis died on May 18, 1980.

And the iconic band played twice in Sheffield during their hey day - with a third concert planned for the city cancelled.

Here's the story of Sheffield's Joy Division concerts.

The band were formed in Manchester in 1976 when Curtis met Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook at a Sex Pistols gig. Several drummers were trialled before the trio selected Stephen Morris as their final member.

Initially, the band was called Warsaw, but they changed it to Joy Division, first playing live under the new name in 1978.

The Limit club (left).

The Limit club (left).

It was during that year that the band were scheduled to play their first date in the city, with a show at Sheffield Polytechnic.

The band were meant to support The Rezillos and The Undertones, but after the former group had a bust-up at a gig in Canterbury in Novemeber 14, the rest of the tour, including the November 22 date in Sheffield, was axed.

Joy Division finally made their debut in Sheffield on July 5, 1979 when they performed at the Limit Club in West Street. The club was known for its sleazy, dingy atmosphere, with dark rooms painted black, stale cigarette smoke and sticky carpets coated in spilled beer.

Supported by OMD, the two groups took to the stage in the club, situated in the basement of a disused jeans factory.

The Top Rank as it looked at the time of Joy Division's visit.

The Top Rank as it looked at the time of Joy Division's visit.

Their final concert in Sheffield was on October 21, 1979 when they played at the Top Rank Suite, alongside the Buzzcocks where tickets cost £2 and where both bands were deluged with spit from an angry band of pogoing punks gathered in front of the page.

The Limit is no longer with us, while the Top Rank has gone through a number of name changes before its current incarnation, the 02 Academy.

A gig at Sheffield Polytechnic, pictured here in 1982, never went ahead.

A gig at Sheffield Polytechnic, pictured here in 1982, never went ahead.