New Order To Play Auckland in FebruaryFriday 9th December, 2011 9:20AM
New Order have just been announced to be heading to New Zealand for a one off Auckland show next February. The band called it quits a couple of years back but this year reunited for some charity shows and there was also a best of Joy Division and New Order album released in June featuring unreleased material from the iconic band - more on that here.
Monday 27th February
Vector Arena, Auckland
"A Heroic Return - They look and sound like a band rejuvenated" (The Observer, UK).
NEW ORDER are musically and culturally one of the most important and iconic bands in history. NEW ORDER are one of the most critically acclaimed, influential, and aesthetically noted artists of our time.
When the NME awarded New Order the Godlike Genius Award in 2005 - they encapsulated in those two words the achievements of a band, who for 30+years have created one of the finest songbooks and legacies in the entire history of rock and roll. Not to mention some of the best stories!
With no certainty the band would ever actually play again after ceasing all touring in 2005 it is with considerable pleasure that six years later Solid Entertainment announce New Order will play at Aucklands Vector Arena on Monday February 27th Its a must-see show for any fan of music.
Taking everyone by surprise just two months ago New Order announced their reformation to play benefit gigs in Brussels and Paris for their good friend Michael Shamberg. With Peter Hook having officially left the band in 2007 New Orders line up now again includes the original fouth member Gillian Gilbert. Instant sell-outs, these European dates were rapturously received by all the fans, friends, and media who saw New Order deliver amazing live performances.
Reviewing the Paris show, Luke Bainbridge for The Observer wrote, "On stage, they are greeted like returning heroes, and a rejuvenated New Order delight their fans with a rare greatest hits set. Every fan has their own dream set-list, but theyd be hard pushed to beat tonights selection."
Following the huge success of these shows in Brussels and Paris, New Order announced a one-off London show and three dates in South America in December. Vector Arena, Auckland is next up on February 27th!
New Order formed in 1980 from the remains of the seminal Joy Division following the death of singer Ian Curtis. Few musicians manage to change the landscape of music once, but three of the musicians in this band have done it twice. Joy Divisions unearthly post-punk was as original as the Velvet Undergrounds palette twenty years earlier and New Order combined electronics and rock guitars in a way that had never been done.
Blue Monday is the best-selling 12" single of all time, and while its hard to highlight particular songs from such a wealth of riches Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, Temptation, Ceremony, Perfect Kiss, Regret, Crystal and Love Will Tear Us Apart all featured in New Orders Paris setlist.
Two films from recent years Twenty Four Hour Party People (the story of factory records) and Control (the story of Ian Curtis and Joy Division) reached a massive world-wide audience. With the original members of New Order as key players in these legendary tales the films were inspirational pieces of work, and the circle keeps turning.
NEW ORDER have inspired several generations of bands and several generations of fans.
They are playing again on February 27th at Vector Arena in Auckland.
NEW ORDER are: Stephen Morris (drums), Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar), Gillian Gilbert (keyboard, guitar), Phil Cunningham (guitar, keyboards), Tom Chapman (bass) an all ages and licensed event.