It was reported earlier this week (July 30) that Sumner had suffered a fracture to his leg but was still committed to fulfilling the band’s US tour dates, including their slot at Lollapalooza. The Killers introduced him as a surprise guest during their set yesterday evening for a rendition of his former band Joy Division’s song ‘Shadowplay’.
Yesterday’s onstage collaboration is not the first time Sumner has performed live with Brandon Flowers and co – in February of this year, they teamed up to perform the New Order track ‘Crystal’ during one of the band’s gigs in Manchester. The Killers famously took their name from the video for ‘Crystal’, which was released in 2001 and featured a fictional band of the same name miming to the track.
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.