Reflects On Group's Demise

Legendary bass player Peter Hook has spoken out about the final days of New Order, blaming a lack of communication for the band's break up.

After reforming in 1998, New Order stayed together for another decade before a messy split last summer. Peter Hook initially claimed that he had left the band, only for Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris to claim he hadn't told them and that New Order was still a going concern.

Unsurprisingly, Hook has blamed communication problems for the band's split. Speaking to Radio 2 as part of their week long series on the group, the bass player said "sometimes you wonder what you were arguing about. From what I can gather, Bernard was upset that I didn't go and see him to tell him that I didn't want to work with him anymore. To my mind it had gone."

"I had a manager and I was paying my manager 20 per cent, so got her to do the dirty work. I didn't see why I had to do my own dirty work. She told him in February and he never said anything, he just went, 'Right'."

Peter Hook also revealed his frustration at the band's collapse, and spoke about their final tour in South America. "I told him every night after the Brazilian tour that I wasn't going to do this again," Hook said. "I did Brazil for the money. I just felt it was like an empty shell, New Order. It really was for me. I can't talk for the others."
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