Bates had played bass for his old fella in Peter Hook And The Light, the band that celebrates the music Hook made with Joy Division and New Order. Now he’s touring the world with the revived Smashing Pumpkins line-up of singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and guitarist James Iha.
Speaking to NME, Hook said: “Billy Corgan very kindly helped The Light out when we first started, and New Order when we came back. He’s a massive Joy Division fan, and he repaid me by stealing my son! It just goes to show that you can’t trust anybody!”
“I must admit that my son’s taste in music is a lot ‘harder’ than mine. He’s a massive fan of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens Of The Stone Age, people of that ilk. For him, this is a dream come true. They did 55 American arena dates playing to so many people. They’ve got so much work lined up, I don’t know if I’ll be getting him back for a while.”
Hook added: “He’s having a lovely time, he’s a chip off the old block. He’s the best bass player I’ve heard for a long time and I’m immensely proud of him. Billy has been absolutely wonderful.”
Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain is certainly enthusiastic about his new rhythm partner.
He said: “To have Jack, who’s obviously genetically linked to Peter, there’s a real strange uncanniness to it. I mean it in the best possible way. Jack just gets how to play that stuff, which you can only get from being Peter Hook’s son! You don’t think about it until you’re on stage, then I’m like ‘Holy cow, this sounds so good. It sounds so right’. He’s a young man but his ability and perception is well beyond his years.”