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Peter Hook plans to “fuck New Order over”

By | Published on Monday 10 October 2011

Peter Hook

Peter Hook has said that he plans to “fuck New Order over” after the rest of the band decided to play two charity shows without him. Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will, however, be joined by Morris’ partner and the band’s former keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who originally left the outfit in 2001. Hook claims that the shows are merely a precursor to a US tour and he’s being unfairly cut out of the lucrative income that will bring. Actually, I think he’s saying that Sumner and Morris’s tour plans are cheating the fans, or something. A US tour probably would be quite lucrative though.

As previously reported, New Order will reform sans Hookie to play two benefit shows in aid of film-maker Michael Shamberg later this month, the first gigs they’ve played together since 2006. Hook announced that the band had split in 2007, although his bandmates initially denied this. With that in mind, you could argue that playing without him as New Order now was mainly about proving a point.

Speaking to Spinner, Hook said: “I’m all the more determined to fuck New Order over in any possible way I can. If they think I’m just going to scuttle off to a cabin in the woods, they’ve got another thing coming. They’re dickheads. People go and hide, but I don’t. I’m a fighter. I’m going to come out fighting. It’s all bollocks. They’re already hawking for an American tour… They’re hiding behind the charity gig”.

“I used to [own the name]”, he added, after admitting that it has become slightly more difficult for him to block the band’s activities of late. “But they pulled a cunning limited company hostile takeover and managed to take over the trademark from me… I’m fighting it now at the moment”.

His main gripe, it seems, is that they didn’t ask him for permission to play live. He continued: “What they’ve done to me, to tour as New Order, is frankly disgusting. I don’t mind them touring as New Order, if they’d come to me and said that… but I think that people are intelligent enough to know that it’s not. New Order Mark 1 was with Gillian; New Order Mark 2 was without Gillian, and now you’ve got New Order Mark 3, which is without me. They’re different New Orders”.

“It would be like me going out with Stephen and Gillian and saying it’s New Order: ‘Where’s Barney [Sumner]?'”, he concluded. “They’re going to be haunted by it, aren’t they? Every interview they’ll be dying to ask you what it’s like without Hooky”.

Of course this is the same Peter Hook who last year performed Joy Division’s debut album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ without the other surviving members of Joy Division (aka Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris).

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