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Mani apologies for Hookie rant

By | Published on Tuesday 14 September 2010

Oh, this is no fun. Mani has apologised for his rant last week in which he accused Peter Hook of having a “wallet stuffed with [Joy Division frontman] Ian Curtis’s blood money”.

As previously reported, former Stone Roses and current Primal Scream bassist Mani had been collaborating with former Joy Division and New Order man Hook in the bass-centric supergroup Freebass, which was officially dissolved last week. Mani tweeted his Hookie rant around the same time as the official announcement that Freebass was no more was released.

But since then, Mani has removed his diss tweets and issued a statement which reads: “I wish to apologise unreservedly to Peter Hook and his family regarding comments made on a social networking site, which was totally out of character for me. It was a venomous, spiteful reaction to a lot of things that are going on in my life right now and I chose to vent my frustrations and anger at one of my true friends in this filthy business, and ventured into territory which was none of my concern”.

He continued: “The Freebass thing has tipped me over the edge and became the focus of my bilious rants. 22 years of being tripped up, face down in the mud and being kicked in the face with an iron boot will do that to the most stable of men. I hope I haven’t blown a great friendship forever. Sorry Pete”.

Despite the seemingly acrimonious split of Freebass, their probably one and only album, ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’, is still set for release on 20 Sep. On that album, Mani wrote: “In a funny way my outburst might make want people want to check the record out. I’m proud of what we achieved really. It’s not often bass players get to step out of the shadows and create something from scratch, and between us we’ve managed it. A bumpy ride but we got there… give it a listen”.

Hook has issued his own reconciliatory statement, saying: “Mani is a great friend of mine and he always will be. I have the utmost respect for him as a person and musician. Have none of you ever fallen out with somebody you love?”