Peter Hook has vowed to “fuck over” his former bandmates in New Order in “any possible way” he can.
The bassist has reacted angrily after his former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris announced that they will play two benefit shows this year, with Gillian Gilbert also returning to the fold after a decade out of the band. The shows are taking place to help with medical expenses for sick friend Michael Shamberg.
Hook, who is currently touring with his band The Light playing Joy Division songs, had initially issued a statement expressing his disgust at the planned shows and has now told Spinner that he wants to screw over Sumner and Morris.
Asked about how he felt about negative reaction from Joy Division fans to his live shows with The Light, he replied: “It actually scared off a lot of the people I wanted to work with, which made me all the more determined. It’s the same thing with New Order deciding to tour without me. It makes me all the more determined to fuck New Order over in any possible way I can. If they think I’m just going to scuttle off to a cabin in the woods, they’ve got another thing coming. They’re dickheads. People go and hide, but I don’t. I’m a fighter. I’m going to come out fighting.”
Hook went onto say that he believes the band’s statement that the gigs are one-offs for charity are false, and that they are currently trying to book a US tour.
Speaking about the charitable aims of the gigs, he said:
It’s all bollocks. They’re already hawking for an American tour; me mate told me yesterday. They’re hiding behind the charity gig. It’s going to be a hard thing for them to pull off, but they’re doing it for financial reasons mainly.
Hook also said that though he was disgusted that the band hadn’t asked him to play, he was “happy” that they are back playing live.
He said: “I spent most of my life trying to get New Order to play, and I’m not going to stop them now. It was like banging your head against a brick wall. Unbelievable. I’m actually happy that they’re going to play.”
New Order will play Brussels Ancienne Belgique on October 17 and Paris La Bataclan the following night.