Linkage — December 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Linkage: Smiths’ Andy Rourke on 1st Wave, plus New Order, Stone Roses, Peter Hook

A collection of some interesting (Manchester-related) links we recently stumbled across:

The Smiths weekend on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave The ’80s alternative satellite-radio station celebrates the music of Morrissey and Co. this weekend, starting with a live BBC concert at 9 p.m. EST today and then followed by interviews with Andy Rourke airing every hour starting at 6 p.m EST Friday. Rourke will discuss the Smiths’ catalog, his basslines and his relationships with Johnny Marr and Moz. []

New Order announce New Zealand concert The reunited synth-rock legends today announced they will precede their five-date March tour of Australia with a concert on Feb. 27 in Auckland, N.Z. Online ticket sales open today, according to the band. []

The Stone Roses to headline festivals in Portugal, Norway Since we last checked in with the reunited Roses’ slowly dribbling tour schedule, the Madchester legends have added headlining slots at Portugal’s Optimus Alive (July 13) and Norway’s Oya (Aug. 7-11) festivals. Still no sign of U.S. dates. When is Coachella announced? []

Peter Hook announces more Joy Division shows in the UK As he won’t be touring with his former New Order bandmates next year, Hooky today unveiled yet another round of dates with his band The Light at which he’ll perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums. This trek runs from May 25 through June 2 across the UK. []



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