Bassist Peter Hook says the band are likely to play medium sized venues - and they're going to drag Bobby Gillespie onstage with them...

PETER HOOK has told NME.COM that NEW ORDER will undertake a major UK tour in October – and he wants BOBBY GILLESPIE to perform with the group on some of the shows.

Speaking to NME.COM this afternoon (August 8) following the band’s return to the UK from the Area:One touring festival in the US, the bassist said New Order were hoping to play approximately 12 shows in the UK in the autumn.

He said that the tour is likely to take in medium sized venues such as the Manchester Apollo or London Brixton Academy.

Explaining the dates, he said: “We’re going to feature Joy Division songs, old New Order and the new stuff…it makes for an interesting set. It’s quite poignant really.”

The shows are set to be the group’s only major tour of the UK in support of their new album ‘Get Ready’, which is released on August 27.

He explained: “It’s very difficult to balance everything these days, you have to look after yourselves as well as your family a little bit.”

Primal Scream mainman Bobby Gillespie, who features on ‘Get Ready’ album track ‘Rock The Shack’, may appear on some of the dates, according to Hook.

He revealed: “I think we’re gonna have Bobby Gillespie coming up with us doing ‘Rock The Shack’…we’re flexible in our old age! It’s nice to get these young whippersnappers up and make men of them!”

Hook said that Billy Corgan, who has been playing live with the band in recent months, will not be appearing on the UK tour, as he has returned to the US to work on his solo material.

New Order‘s new single, ‘Crystal’, is released on Monday (August 13). The group are set to record a live version of the track for BBC flagship music show ‘Top Of The Pops’ tomorrow (August 9).