Legendary dance-pop innovators New Order took to the stage for the first time in since 2005 in Brussels this weekend at a pair of charity shows. Eyebrow-raising was the absence of Peter Hook, the band’s legendary bassist who has built something of a cottage industry for himself, performing complete Joy Division albums live while his former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris grouse about it.
But serious NO fans might be more excited to see the return of Gillian Gilbert, who performed with the band through much of their ’80s heyday on keyboards, for the first time in over a decade.
There’s a lot of audience footage out there to choose from, so we chose “Ceremony,” the opening track on Substance, for it’s somewhat rarity in the band’s live catalog, as well as the part where the audience audibly sings along to the guitar part.
Part of the lore of the great Factory Records lies in the amazing recor art and packaging by Peter Saville. So it’s little surprise that a deluxe edition of Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook’s memoir, The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club, is being released with the collect, the serious collector, and the obsessive collector. …MORE
Freebase, the indie rock supergroup consisting of iconic bass players Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Mani (Stone Roses) have called it quits mere weeks before their five-years-in-the-making debut album hits the stores. In a far from amicable split, Mani took to Twitter to air his grievances (or at least talk some trash).
“Three things visible from space, Great Wall Of China, Peter Hook’s wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis’ blood money, Man City’s empty trophy cabinet!”
“I’ve actually got an ongoing career, so I don’t feel the need to exploit my past glories. I exist in the here and the now.”
“It’s where it belongs mate… in the fucking bargain bin before it’s even released,” he wrote. “You live and learn.”