Joy Division icon says New Order 'just tour the hits'
Andrew Trendell
13:35 3rd March 2014

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has slammed frontman Bernard Sumner as a 'twatto' for 'stealing' the band for him and being 'lazy'. 

Hooky famously left New Order in 2007 on fairly acrimonious terms. 

The iconic bassist was speaking to Gigwise backstage at this weekend's BBC 6 Music Festival, where Hooky opened up about his decision to tour his back catalogue as albums in their entirety with new band, The Light - slamming Sumner for 'lazily' touring the same greatest hits. 

"We did start in smaller venues you know, we didn't grow into big ones overnight," said Hooky. "It's a weird one, because the first gig we did with Joy Division, there was nobody there - just one guy sweeping the floor. Then when you look at doing something Glastonbury where it's 125,000 people, what you have to say to yourself is that as long as it's somewhere in the middle, it doesn't matter."

He continued: "I do think this is what spurred Bernard into getting New Order back -  is that he toured with Bad Lieutenant and couldn't stand the shitholes. I will bet you a pound to a thousand that that's what it was. He must have been sat there, thinking 'I can't be doing with this - I'm stealing New Order off that bastard!'"

"It's really nice to be able to do what I'm doing without having to compromise with another musician. Now twatto has gone back to New Order and their greatest hits, so he must be having to compromise."

When asked about his latter days touring the greatest hits with New Order, Hooky added: "At the time, I should have put my foot down. I'd rather have done 'The Birdy Song'."

- Check back soon for our full interview with Peter Hook

 Watch Peter Hook and The Light performing 'Atmosphere' by Joy Division below

Peter Hook And The Light's upcoming UK tour dates are as follows:
March 2014
Friday 21st The Nines, Barrow The Light - Unknown Pleasures / Closer
Saturday 22nd Fruit, Hull The Light - Unknown Pleasures / Closer
Sunday 23rd The Globe, Cardiff The Light - Unknown Pleasures / Closer

May 2014
Friday 23rd Bearded Theory Festival , Derbyshire The Light - Joy Division / New Order Set Saturday 24th Vegfest , Bristol The Light - JD / NO Highlights Set
July 2014 Thursday 3rd Rescue Rooms, Nottingham The Light - Movement / Power, Corruption and Lies
Friday 4th The Picturedrome, Holmfirth The Light - Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies
Saturday 5th Fibbers, York The Light - Movement / Power, Corruption & Lies
Thursday 31st Camp Bestival, East Dorset The Light - Set TBA

August 2014
Sunday 17th Alt Fest, Kettering The Light - Unknown Pleasures

September 2014
Thursday 25th The Ritz, Manchester The Light - Low Life & Brotherhood
Saturday 27th Shepherd's Bush Empire, London The Light - Low Life & Brotherhood

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