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Jen interviews Peter Hook who inspired her to play the bass.

Thanks Peter for the chance to interview you. You inspired me in my late teens to start learning the Bass and your music has meant a lot to me over the years.

So you are heading Down Under in Feb to perform “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” making sure that audiences are still able to hear all the songs that are on these Albums. Do you consider yourself like a custodian of each and every song on these albums?

ONE OF…THE OTHERS DON’T SEEM TO CARE AND TO BE HONEST, APART FROM THE SINGLES NEVER DID. I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT…NEVER DID.

You have been touring with a new band of talented musicians, how have the fans reacted to these tours? I guess you would be performing to a younger crowd as well as the more mature (not old!) crowds.

IT’S DIFFERENT EVERY NITE PERTH WAS VERY

MIXED ADELAIDE WAS OLD. AS LONG AS THEY ARE THERE I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY ARE;)

Your son Jack is included in your band does that feel pretty special that he has inherited your talent?  Are there any disagreements? I am part of a family business and we have a few!

I AM VERY HAPPY HE HAS INHERITED IT WITHOUT A DOUBT. OF COURSE THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS, HE THINKS HE’S RIGHT ALL THE TIME AND SO DO I. YOR DADS A JOURNALIST TOO?

No we have a fruit and vegetable shop with my kids.ph3

 So how did the other band members join you? THROUGH MONACO ONE THROUGH BIRTH.

I admire your resilience to continue making music after parting ways with the rest of New Order in 2006. How difficult was it for you to keep on playing New Order music after essentially the band splitting?

IT WAS EASIER MATE, THEY WOULDN’T PLAY MOST OF IT. SERIOUSLY THO’ IT HAS BEEN HARD BUT I AM NOT A QUITTER AND THEY ARE NOT NEW ORDER.

 You are in a legal battle with the current New Order, is it emotionally straining to play songs that you have played with them before? NO I HAVE A BETTER TIME NOW, DOING THE BOOK BRINGS IT THO, LIKE BEING IN A ROOM FULL OF GHOSTS.

 Can you explain a little about the legal battle? Is it about them using the name New Order?

THEY DECIDED TO REFORM NEW Order WITHOUT ASKING, THEY TRANSFERRED THE RIGHTS TO THE NAME AND THE GOOD WILL OF THE COMPANY, VIA LICENCE FROM A COMPANY OWNED BY THE FOUR OF US, TO A NEW COMPANY OWNED BY THE THREE OF THEM , AT A VERY BAD RATE TO ME ONLY. I FIGHT ON.

You call the current New Order “Pretend New Order” is that because they only play singles and the songs that they can play. Is that how you would put it?

IT WOULD BE LIKE ME CALLING MYSELF JOY DIVISION…RIDICULOUS. THEY ONLY PLAY THE SINGLES BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY, ALWAYS WERE.

 My Daughter a few years ago played The Wombats song “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” and was shocked that I knew the band and that the bass lines were the reason I took up playing the bass. It was quite amusing. What do you think of that song if you have heard it? A positive is that my daughter now knows all of your music! (She is 16)

I PLAYED A TRACK WITH THEM I THOUGHT THEY WERE GREAT!

When you head down to Australia do you have any plans for some sight seeing or is it a rushed tour?

I SIGHTSEE AS MUCH AS POSS MOSTLY HOTEL ROOM WALLS AND DRESSING ROOMDS THO OH AND PLANE INTERIORS ETC

 Are you going to have any meet and greets at your shows?

WHY? So people can say hi!

I am hoping that you Melbourne Set will start quite late as it clashes with Soundwave in Melbourne and I am hoping I can fit in both!

I HOPE SO TOO, I WILL BE PARTICULARLY TARDY ON THAT EVENING, THEY CAN BLAME YOU. Haha that will be great!

Thanks for your time Peter, is there any message you would like to send to our readers to encourage them to come along to your shows?

IF YOU NEED ENCOURAGING…DON’T COME;)

Perfect answer! I do think it will be a huge crowd! Thanks Peter, pleasure to interview you. I wish you well for your Australian tour.

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