New Order have announced a four-date UK tour for this spring. The band announced in late 2011 that they had reformed, but that founding member and bass player Peter Hook would not be part of their line-up. Instead keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, who hadn’t performed with the band for over 10 years, rejoined and bass duties were taken up by Tom Chapman, who was part of frontman Bernard Sumner’s recent project Bad Lieutenant.
The band, who were confirmed for two European festivals appearances last week, will play four shows across the UK. These begin with a hometown gig at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 26th April and end in Glasgow at the O2 Academy on 5th May. Although the band have made it clear that they have every intention of continuing to perform under the name New Order, Peter Hook revealed to NME last week that he has instigated legal proceedings against his former bandmates to stop them doing so. He told NME of his situation with the band:
“It’s in the hands of the lawyers. The point is that they shouldn’t be using the New Order name without me and it’s up to the lawyers.”
New Order will play:
26th O2 Apollo Manchester
29th Birmingham Ballroom
2nd O2 Academy Brixton
5th O2 Academy Glasgow
Tickets go onsale on Friday 3rd February at 9am.