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New Order reform, sans Hook, for charity shows

By | Published on Tuesday 6 September 2011

New Order

New Order will reform to play two benefit shows in aid of film-maker Michael Shamberg next month, but without Peter Hook.

If and when New Order actually split is debatable, of course. Hook first insisted the band were no more in 2007, though his bandmates Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner said otherwise. The latter, however, did then say in 2009 that there would be no more New Order records.

For the benefit shows Sumner and Morris will be joined by long-term keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who stepped back from the band to look after her and Morris’s children in 2001. Phil Cunningham, who replaced Gilbert, will also take part, on guitar, while Tom Chapman from Sumner and Morris’s new band Bad Lieutenant will fill in for Hook on bass.

Confirming the fund-raising shows, which will take place in Brussels and Paris next month, Sumner told 6music: “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. He brought our attention to the early works of directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Gina Birch, Robert Breer, Peter Care and Phillipe DecouflĂ©. 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”.