New Order frontman Bernard Sumner has admitted he is ‘glad’ Peter Hook is no longer with the group, as he feels their former bass player had previously been unhappy within the band.
Sumner, along with Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, restarted New Order a year ago initially for two benefit concerts, and have since gone on to perform numerous headline tours and festival appearances, much to their estranged bassist’s displeasure.
And Sumner has now told The Guardian newspaper of this: “He’s not been very nice. To boil it down to its basic elements, if someone’s horrible a lot of the time, you’re not sad when they’re gone, you’re glad.”
“He wasn’t happy in the band – primarily with me but also, it seems, with almost everyone else. If you’re unhappy, OK, fine, but go away and do something else and don’t bitch about us anymore.”
New Order topped the Saturday bill at Bestival last weekend, dedicating their show to Ian Curtis as they aired four Joy Division songs during the performance.