Five years after splitting up, New Order will reunite — with a lineup featuring keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, but not bassist Peter Hook — for a pair of live shows this October in Paris and Brussels to benefit ailing artist and film producer Michael H. Shamberg, who produced the band’s videos for “True Faith,” “Touched By the Hand of God” and “Regret.”
According to an announcement made to BBC Radio 6 today, New Order — comprised of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gilbert, 2000s-era guitarist Phil Cunningham and Bad Lieutenant bassist Tom Chapman — will perform Oct. 17 in Brussels and Oct. 18 in Paris. The gigs are New Order’s first since 2006, and Gilbert’s first with the band since 2001.
When contacted, a representative for Hook said the bassist likely will respond tomorrow.
Sumner told BBC Radio 6 that he and his bandmates wanted to help Shamberg, who has been instrumental to the band and has been fighting a “debilitating illness” since 2005. He said:
“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 Decouffle. 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.”
Gilbert, speaking of her return to New Order, added: “It’s been a long 10 years since I took a break from the band, so I I’m really happy to be back, and this is a great place to start. Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it’s perfect timing for me to comeback now.”
Last week, Hook told Slicing Up Eyeballs that he and his former New Order bandmates were discussing when and how to release seven remaining outtakes from the sessions of the band’s final album, 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call. He described the talks as contentious (“They keep elbowing me out all the time. Every time I try to do something, I get outvoted.”), but gave no indication he was aware of the decision to reform New Order without him.
New Order tour dates:
Oct. 17: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Oct. 18: Le Bataclan, Paris, France
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