New Order reunite without Peter Hook

Band will play two benefit gigs for film-maker Michael Shamberg

New Order are to re-form without Peter Hook. Making no mention of their former bassist, the band's remaining lineup have announced they will reunite in October, playing two benefit gigs for film-maker Michael Shamberg.

Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham are once again teaming up, this time with Gillian Gilbert, who hasn't played with New Order since 2001. They will play two gigs: Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on 17 October, and La Bataclan in Paris on 18 October. Both concerts will raise money for Shamberg, a long-time friend who is suffering from "debilitating" health problems.

"It's been a long 10 years since I took a break from the band, so I'm really happy to be back," Gilbert told BBC 6 Music. "Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it's perfect timing for me to come back now."

Besides running Factory Records in New York, Shamberg produced several New Order videos, including the award-winning True Faith. "Michael has been with us from the very start," Sumner said. "[He] is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care."

New Order split in 2007, when Hook left. Although at first the group claimed they would continue, the bassist fought back. "You are no more New Order than I am!" he wrote on MySpace at the time. "You may have two thirds, but don't assume you have the rights to do anything 'New Order-ey' … See you in court!"

This time Hook has been less acerbic. His Twitter response was a back-handed compliment: "It's a shame," he wrote. "I thought Bad Lieutenant weren't bad!" That group, formed after New Order's split, also features Sumner, Cunningham, Morris and Chapman. Mostly, Hook may simply be surprised. Discussing New Order last week, he made no mention of a pending reunion. He said they had discussed unreleased out-takes from Waiting for the Sirens' Call, New Order's final album. "Every time I try to do something, I get outvoted," Hook complained. "They keep elbowing me out all the time."


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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