5 Sep 2011
New Order plus Gillian minus Hooky 
New Order make a surprise return to live action with two, erm, one-off gigs in France and Belgium this October. It's a welcome return for Gillian Gilbert and a not-too-surprising no-show for Peter Hook. Phil Cunningham on guitar and keyboard and Tom Chapman on bass complete the line-up.

The gigs are at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on 17 October and La Bataclan in Paris on 18 October. No details as yet of pricing or availability but this will follow.

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08/09/2011, 16:43

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09/09/2011, 10:57

Anonymous Blogmeister said...


So it's Bad Loo with Gillian on keys?

I've lost interest since I saw them a few years back with Phil Cunn rocking out to Blue Monday on his guitar.

It just doesn't work.

09/09/2011, 12:06


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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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