An increasingly bitter Peter Hook continues to lash out at his former bandmates, saying he wants to “fuck New Order over in any possible way I can” and that he believes the band — which is reuniting without him for a pair of European charity gigs later this month — is now planning to mount a full American tour as well.
Hook made the comments to Spinner (via NME), saying he believes his former bandmates are planning to play more than just their announced shows on Oct. 17 in Brussels and Oct. 18 in Paris, benefits for the ailing Michael H. Shamberg, who produced the videos for “True Faith” and “Regret.”
He tells the NME:
“It’s all bollocks. They’re already hawking for an American tour; me mate told me yesterday. They’re hiding behind the charity gig. It’s going to be a hard thing for them to pull off, but they’re doing it for financial reasons mainly.”
The upcoming 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 also tells the NME that the negative reaction from Joy Division fans to his decision in the last couple years to tour that band’s beloved catalog has “scared off a lot of people I wanted to work with, which made me all the more determined.”
“It’s the same thing with New Order deciding to tour without me. It makes me 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.”
New Order has made no announcement about its plans beyond the two European concerts.
Read the full Q&A with Hook at Spinner.com
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