Peter Hook this morning called New Order’s surprise decision to reunite without him “very sad,” saying “the other three” didn’t tell him they’d decided to play two October concerts — and that, ultimately, “everyone knows New Order without Peter Hook is like Queen without Freddie Mercury, U2 without The Edge, Sooty without Sweep!”
Hook released that somewhat tongue-in-cheek statement this morning — with its reference to the long-running U.K. children’s puppet show — five days after his former bandmates announced they will perform concerts on Oct. 17 in Brussels and Oct. 18 in Paris to benefit ailing producer Michael H. Shamberg, who produced videos for “True Faith,” “Touched By the Hand of God” and “Regret.”
The shows — featuring a lineup of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, plus 2000s-era guitarist Phil Cunningham and Bad Lieutenant bassist Tom Chapman — will be New Order’s first since 2006, and Gilbert’s first with the band since 2001.
Hook says the New Order reunion “has taken me completely by surprise,” and that he doesn’t understand the decision by Sumner, Morris and Gilbert to perform without him, adding, he feels “it would have been courteous and professional to have spoken to me in advance.”
For his part, Hook — who spoke to Slicing Up Eyeballs for a Q&A the week before the New Order announcement — is starting a tour of the U.S. next week in which he will perform the Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer. See those dates here.
Hook’s full statement:
I first I heard about this on Monday and it has taken me completely by surprise! Everyone knows that NEW ORDER without PETER HOOK is like QUEEN without FREDDIE MERCURY, U2 without THE EDGE, SOOTY without SWEEP!
On a more serious note, I do not understand the decision THE OTHER THREE have taken. I wish they had approached me first. I do not agree with the methods they have used and feel it would have been courteous and professional to have spoken to me in advance of the announcements. It is very sad.
Love PETER HOOK x Sept ‘11
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