New Order To Reform Without Peter Hook
MADCHESTER, la la la. That’s the cry of a man who really ought to have a little trip to Dignitas for failing to move on with his life. His pink pallor, glowing in the summer sun poking from his knock-off parka, scuffed shell-toe Adidas worn well from waddling around Britain like a No Frills Ian Brown.
However, all is not lost for this sorry specimen because New Order are getting back together. Sadly, the man who houses him on a weekend at the derided ‘Factory 251’ club in Manchester – Peter Hook – hasn’t been invited.
Of course, New Order split for a second time in 2007 a couple of LPs, but now they’re going to play some Hookless shows as benefit for film producer Michael Shamberg, who has been rotten sick since 2005.
Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert will all get along just great without Peter Hook to play the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on October 17th and La Bataclan in Paris on October 18th.
“Michael has been with us from the very start, initially he was in charge of Factory New York, then became creative producer for all our early videos,” Sumner told BBC 6 Music.
“Michael is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care.”
“It’s been a long ten years since I took a break from the band, so I I’m really happy to be back, and this is a great place to start. Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it’s perfect timing for me to come back now.”
Hook meanwhile, will be looking at the pile of books about the Haçienda gathering dust under his bed.