New Order’s Bernard Sumner ain’t impressed with his former bandmate Peter Hook playing Joy Division and New Order albums in full with his new band The Light, though he admits that Hook’s touring of live performances of said records may have helped persuade him and his other bandmates to stage a New Order reunion.
Asked about the Hook shows by Billboard, Sumner said: “I think it sucks to be honest. We found out that he was touring [debut Joy Division album] ‘Unknown Pleasures’ through the press. He didn’t tell us, which we thought was pretty low. It just seems like a real commercial thing to do. He seems to be doing it for the money. To me, Joy Division and New Order were never about that. I thought it was disrespectful to the rest of us”.
But asked if Hook’s Joy Division themed shows had actually motivated him to return to the stage with Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert and Phil Cunningham as New Order, Sumner added: “$20 million question, that is. I don’t know. But we did think, why should we hold back if he’s doing that? He opened the gateways of hell. So, in a way – if you’ll excuse the pun – he showed us the light”.