NEW ORDER formed in 1980 out of the ashes of the now legendary Manchester band Joy Division. After the tragic death of singer Ian Curtis, the remaining members chose to continue as NEW ORDER, with guitarist Bernard Sumner taking over as vocalist, Stephen Morris on drums, Peter Hook on bass and the new addition of Gillian Gilbert on keyboards and guitar.
Their potent mix of pop, rock, dance and electronics quickly brought worldwide commercial success and universal critical acclaim. Their eight studio albums, from ‘Movement’ in 1981 through to ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’ in 2005, and hit singles Temptation, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, Regret, Crystal, and of course the biggest selling dance record of all time...Blue Monday, all proved highly influential and they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. NEW ORDER's well documented history was immortalised in film with ’24 Hour Party People’, and their ownership of world-famous Manchester nightclub, The Hacienda, only enhanced their credibility and iconic status.
In 2011, with a new line-up of Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals), Stephen Morris (drums), Tom Chapman (bass), Phil Cunningham (guitar and keyboards) and Gillian Gilbert, making a very welcome return from her sabbatical on keyboard and guitar, New Order surprised the music industry and their huge army of longstanding fans by announcing two small fundraising shows for their good friend and video producer, Michael Shamberg, in Brussels and Paris.
Reviewing the Paris gig, Luke Bainbridge, writing in The Observer newspaper said “ A heroic return. New Order look, and sound, like a band rejuvenated!”
Stephen Morris joked “If we want to get New Order back together, Gillian and I start an ‘Other Two’ album. Every bloody time! With Republic we were halfway through an ‘Other Two’ album, then when we were doing Superhighways - suddenly it was “Oh letʼs do another New Order one! And typically it’s just happened again!”
Overwhelmed by the amazing response to the Brussels and Paris shows, NEW ORDER made a short trip to South America, playing shows in Argentina, Brazil, and their first ever appearance in Chile. Returning home they played their first London show for five years at the London Troxy in December 2011. The show sold out within 5 minutes of going on sale.
Reviewing for the prestigious London Evening Standard, David Smyth said “in many ways this was as good as it gets”.
Following the success of these shows, NEW ORDER responded to public demand and spent much of 2012 playing all over the world.
Bernard explained “The more I thought about the idea of us working together again as New Order, the more I thought it would be a great idea. Weʼve got 30 years of brilliant material and it seemed a shame to waste it”
First off, the Future Music Festival tour in New Zealand and Australia, followed by the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. In Spring NEW ORDER performed a sold-out UK tour to rave reviews across the board, after which they took their live assault global, playing headline shows, to millions of people, at some of the world's biggest and most prestigious summer festivals, including T-In The-Park (Scotland), Bestival (England), Sonar Festival (Spain), Hurricane Festival (Germany), Heineken Festival (Poland), Heineken Jammin’ (Italy), Exit (Serbia), Benicassim (Spain), Slottsfjell (Norway), Lokerse (Belgium), Supersonic (Korea), Summersonic (Japan) and Majorca/Ibiza Rocks (Spain), and notably, the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Hyde Park, London, in August, as special guests to headliners Blur.
The festival season for NEW ORDER finished on a huge high, with their show at Festival No 6, Portmeirion (Wales), a performance which saw the band pick up ‘Best Headline Live show of 2012’ at the prestigious UK Festival Awards recently. After a brief break to recharge their batteries, in October NEW ORDER hit the U.S. and Canada in spectacular fashion for a sold out tour, (taking in a huge festival in the Corona Capital Festival in Mexico enroute, where they played to 60,000 fans). CBS News Online reported “New Order reunite for a tour that can attract a huge audience. The influential band from Manchester, England played to a packed audience here in New York City at Roseland Ballroom last night. The performances from all the band members were rock solid and tight. With no new album to promote, there was little doubt that the set list for this tour would consist of mainly hits and popular favorites from New Order's back catalog. And the band did not disappoint as far as its selection of songs that verged between the post-punk sound of the group's early years and through its electronic-influenced dance rock into the early '80s and beyond. Anytime they do get together for something like a new album, or in this case a reunion tour, it definitely warrants interest and attention. The large crowd that was there to see them at Roseland could certainly vouch for that.”
In Jan 2013 Warner Records will release ‘The Lost Sirens’, which is a recently unearthed collection of tracks written and recorded by the previous line-up during the ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’ sessions, which the band all agreed should be finally made available for the fans.
New Order are currently in their studio in Macclesfield, UK, writing new material.
New Order are:
• Stephen Morris (drums)
• Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar)
• Gillian Gilbert (keyboard, guitar)
• Phil Cunningham (guitar, keyboards)
• Tom Chapman (bass)