The Manchester legends’ show follows a reunion for two benefit concerts in Paris and Brussels, to raise medical expenses for film-maker and friend Michael Shamberg, and will be their first UK gig in five years. Tickets go on sale 9am, Friday 4 November.
New Order’s line-up will consist of original members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, with Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham of Bad Lieutenant. Cunningham has been a long term touring guitarist with New Order and is also a member of recently reformed Britpop heart throbs Marion.
The reunion shows have received scathing comments from Hook who accused the band of shopping for a US tour. In an official statement in September he added: “Everyone knows that NEW ORDER without PETER HOOK is like QUEEN without FREDDIE MERCURY, U2 without THE EDGE, SOOTY without SWEEP”
However, Hook has been playing Joy Division’s album ‘Closer’ with his band The Light, without Sumner or Morris, which we assume must be OK. New Order also survived without Gilbert as a touring member, so this show should go just fine.