Peter Hook v New Order
07 Mar 2012
It has been a dirty dispute ever since New Order announced their comeback without bassist and founding member, Peter Hook. The comeback has so far been a success with sold out concerts in Europe and Australia.
Peter Hook has now taken a stab at his replacement Tom Chapman, accusing him to mime on bass along to his bass parts.
“My replacement in New Order is miming along to my bass parts” says Hook. "I've watched so-called 'New Order' playing in Auckland and Tom Chapman is miming along to my bass on tape.” The former New Order and Joy Division bassist continues with a bitter tone, “(The New Order song) 'Round & Round'. Have a look at it. He's got his fingers on the low and you can hear my high bass in the background. So he's miming. It's the Milli Vanilli of bass."
His former new Order pals were quick to respond. In a statement the band said: "On the chorus of 'Round & Round' there is a low bass part, a high bass part and Tom sings backing vocals. It's more than one person can manage so Tom recorded his high bass part and it's replayed as part of the backing track sequence. We strongly refute the allegation that New Order are using any of Mr Hook's bass playing in our live performance. When Mr Hook was part of New Order he tracked his parts that couldn't be played live because they coincided with other parts. We are simply doing the same with our new bass player."
The band then couldn’t resist a stab back at Hooky. "People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or their recent fake DJing YouTube hit might need to be recalled. Keep watching."
New Order reunited with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who rejoins the band after 10 years while bass duties were handed to new recruit Tom Chapman. Chapman played previously in Bernard Sumner’s Bad Lieutenant project.
Peter Hook is currently on tour with his new band Peter Hook and The Light. He pays tribute to his first band Joy Division, playing the albums “Unknown Pleasure” and “Closer” in a series of live shows.
New Order are set to play live shows in the UK in April and May and will appear at this year’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight. New Order tickets are now available on Ticketmaster’s GET ME IN!
Manchester Apollo (26)
Birmingham Ballroom (29)
London O2 Academy Brixton (2)
Glasgow O2 Academy (5)
Bestival, Isle of Wight (8)