Updated: Sunday, 22nd September 2019 @ 6:10am

Manchester legends New Order announce two European shows after five year hiatus

Manchester legends New Order announce two European shows after five year hiatus

By Will De Nardo, Music Correspondent

Manchester legends New Order have today announced they will reform to play two European shows in October.

It is the first time they have played together in almost five years, although original bassist Peter Hook will not be joining them on stage.

The line-up will feature original members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert (returning after a ten year break) with Tom Chapman of Bad Lieutenant on bass.

The band will play two benefit concerts in aid of film producer and friend, Michael Shamberg, who has been suffering from debilitating illness since 2005.

According to guitarist Bernard Sumner, Shamberg, who produced the video for the band’s top 10 single True Faith, is in need of constant medical attention. He said: "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.

“We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care.”

On reforming keyboardist Gilbert said: "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.

"Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it's perfect timing for me to come back now."

The New Wave rockers will play the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on October 17 and La Bataclan in Paris on October 18.