Bernard Sumner of New Order has fractured his leg but will continue to play live, it has been revealed.
The frontman of the band has not disclosed how he sustained the injury but admitted that he will not be able to “give his all” during the band’s upcoming US tour, which includes an appearance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 2.
Issuing a short statement on the New Order website, Sumner wrote: “I have just been diagnosed with a bone fracture in my leg. Don’t worry, I’m not going to cancel the North American tour. I wouldn’t do that. It just means that when I go on stage I am in pain and physically unable to give it my all. It’s frustrating and makes performing very difficult but I’m doing the best that I can and ask for your understanding of the situation. As I was leaving a hotel one of the doormen said “Break a leg” apparently that’s just what I have done ouch! Thank you, I hope y’all still enjoy the shows.”
New Order previously revealed that they are planning to release an EP before the end of the year. The band’s keyboard player Gillian Gilbert says the five-piece have been writing and will record the tracks in September “once the kids have all gone back to school”.
To speed up the writing process, the band – Gilbert, along with Bernard Sumner, her husband Stephen Morris, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman – have decided to release the EP rather than wait until they have enough material for a full album.