New Order To Play Benefit Shows

But Peter Hook won't be there...
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New Order are set to play two European shows this Autumn in aid of their friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg.

The tangled tale of New Order is set to take another twist. The legendary Manchester outfit are planning to reform for two special shows on the continent this October, to help a close friend in need of medical treatment (via Sabotage Times).

Parting company in 2006, New Order seemed to split into two camps. Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris formed Bad Lieutenant, while Peter Hook wrote his Hacienda memoirs and re-visited the Joy Division back catalogue.

The group have not played a show together since 2006, however that will change next month. Reforming with keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, New Order will play two shows to help their friend Michael Shamberg.

The film maker produced some of New Order's most outstanding videos, including the classic single 'True Faith'. Now suffering from ill health, Shamberg requires constant medical attention which the group will help to raise funds towards.

Returning for her first New Order show in over a decade, Gillian Gilbert was quick to praise the film maker. “It’s been a long ten years since I took a break from the band, so I’m really happy to be back, and this is a great place to start" she said. "Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it’s perfect timing to come back now!”

Bernard Sumner paid tribute to Michael Shamberg's role within the wider Factory community. "Michael has been with us from the very start, initially he was in charge of Factory New York, then became, creative producer for all our early videos. He brought our attention to the early works of Directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Gina Birch, Robert Breer, Peter Care, Phillipe Decouffle, Jonathan Demme, Robert Frank, Paula Greiff, Robert Longo, Bailie Walsh & William Wegman. Michael is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care.”

New Order have confirmed the following shows:

October
17 Brussels Ancienne Belgique
18 Paris La Bataclan

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