Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bank on Something Special as New Order Prepare to Light Up the Lovell

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bank on Something Special as New Order Prepare to Light Up the Lovell

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WHEN he was a child, New Order's drummer Stephen Morris used to look out of his back garden across the hills to the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank - and imagine.

"They built it in the year I was born," says Stephen. "It was always a bit mysterious - what does a radio telescope do? It was communicating with space and it was just down the road."

As is the case for all gigs at Live From Jodrell Bank, New Order will get to do something special with the iconic landmark - weather permitting. A bit of wind could spoil their fun, says frontman Bernard Sumner, but they remain optimistic that a fine day awaits them.

It should; since the band came back from hiatus in 2011 - surrounded by a storm over the absence of founder member and bassist Peter Hook - there has been a special drive and energy in the ranks. Original keyboardist Gillian Gilbert remains on board, while Tom Chapman takes on bass duties and Phil Cunningham completes the live set up on synths.

They form a friendly circle in the Lovell's shadow on the day we meet, a tight unit laughing about global travel and reflecting on the dramas they've seen during their 37 year creative friendship. They know how lucky they are to still be here, to watch generation after generation stand on their front row, introduced to New Order and Joy Division by an older sibling or parent, and to have played on every continent in the world except Africa.

They've overcome grief, debt and addiction to get here ("When something major has happened," says Gillian, "we've just got on with our own thing, then picked the band back up.") and Bernard, too, recognises 2013 is a fine time for New Order.

"All the other tours have been pretty semi comatosed really," he laughs. "So maybe I've noticed how fresh things are this time because of that? "Having new people helps; a key factor for me is we're all pushing in the same direction. …

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