British post-punk band New Order came to be in 1980 following the suicide of Joy Division lead vocalist Ian Curtis. The remaining members of Joy Division – Bernard Sumner on guitar and vocals, Peter Hook on bass and Stephen Morris on drums – joined forces with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (who was dating Morris at the time) to create a similar sound. Their use of synthesizers helped to usher in a new wave of electronic dance music that continues to influence other artists – such as Moby and Arcade Fire – to this day. The resulting recordings have stood the test of time, but the unique blend of electronic and acoustic percussion is something that's best appreciated live. The band's 1983 single "Blue Monday" remains the best-selling 12-inch single of all time.
From Brotherhood and Substance to Power, Corruption and Lies
Prior to Curtis's tragic death, the members of Joy Division had made a pact to discontinue use of that name if any members should part ways with the band. Though they opted to carry on without him, they changed the name to New Order after band manager Rob Gretton found an article entitled "The People's New Order of Kampuchea" in an issue of The Guardian. New Order is perhaps best known for its 1983 album Power, Corruption & Lies, which spawned a number of characteristic and recognizable tunes such as "Your Silent Face" and "Age of Consent." Though the band broke up for a brief time in the mid-'90s and again from 2004 to 2007, it has since reconnected, releasing its 10th studio album in 2015. New Order has received several awards from New Musical Express, including Best Single (for "Blue Monday") and Best Group.
Where can I buy New Order tickets?
Tickets to the latest live performance by New Order can be found at StubHub.
What can I expect from a New Order concert?
Sumner is an energetic and engaging performer who goes out of his way to make the audience feel welcome in between songs. It's obvious that he does his homework regarding the concert's location, tossing in references that might be obscure to a non-native. Fan response is typically enthusiastic, and the audience is often a diverse mix. The band's earliest fans are now well into middle age, but its sound continues to attract younger listeners.
How long does a New Order performance usually last?
You can expect a New Order concert to last about two and a half hours from start to finish.
What does New Order's tour setlist look like?
As New Order has a nearly 40-year discography to choose from, you can expect a roster of the dance-rock favorites that helped the band carve out its signature style. "Blue Monday" and "Temptation" are staples, but the group may also go heavy on cuts from its latest release, Music Complete. It's also not unheard of for the band to dip into some of its original Joy Division recordings, namely "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Who are the current members of New Order?
Sumner, Morris and Gilbert have continued in their roles since the band's reformation, but bassist Hook departed acrimoniously in 2007. His replacements included Tom Chapman on bass and synthesizers and Phil Cunningham on backup guitar, keyboards and electronic percussion.
Is New Order coming to a city near me?
New Order has a number of European tour dates announced for the summer and fall of 2019, including stops in England, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. The band will return to the United States for a handful of shows at the Fillmore Miami Beach in early 2020.Back to Top
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