Peter Hook calls Bernard Sumner a ‘twatto’ for touring New Order’s greatest hits

Hook added that she should have 'put his foot down' when it came to playing the hits with his old act

Peter Hook has branded Bernard Sumner “twatto” for touring New Order‘s greatest hits.

Former member of the band Hook made the comments to Gigwise, talking about the size of venues he had played over the years.

“We did start in smaller venues you know, we didn’t grow into big ones overnight. It’s a weird one, because the first gig we did with Joy Division, there was nobody there – just one guy sweeping the floor,” said Hook. “Then when you look at doing something Glastonbury where it’s 125,000 people, what you have to say to yourself is that as long as it’s somewhere in the middle, it doesn’t matter.”

He added that Sumner had ‘stolen’ the band off him after getting fed up of touring smaller venues with his band Bad Lieutenant, saying: “I do think this is what spurred Bernard into getting New Order back – is that he toured with Bad Lieutenant and couldn’t stand the shitholes. I will bet you a pound to a thousand that that’s what it was. He must have been sat there, thinking ‘I can’t be doing with this – I’m stealing New Order off that bastard!'”

Hook, who left New Order in 2007, went on brand Sumner “twatto”, and said he was happy to play his old material without having to ‘compromise’. He said: “It’s really nice to be able to do what I’m doing without having to compromise with another musician. Now twatto has gone back to New Order and their greatest hits, so he must be having to compromise.” Speaking about playing ‘greatest hits’ sets during his later years with New Order, he added: “At the time, I should have put my foot down. I’d rather have done ‘The Birdy Song’.”

Former New Order bassist Peter Hook will perform two more of his old band’s albums with his current band The Light later this year. They will play New Order’s third and fourth albums 1985’s ‘Low-Life’ and 1986’s ‘Brotherhood’ from beginning to end at two special gigs in September. The shows will take place in London and Manchester and will also include classic singles dating from 1983 to 1987.

The Light have previously performed Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ albums in full. In January 2013, they performed 1981′ ‘Movement’ and 1983’s ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’.

Peter Hook & The Light will play:

Manchester The Ritz (September 25)
London Shepherds Bush Empire (27)

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