New Order Settle Royalties Dispute With Ex-Bassist Peter Hook

21 September 2017 | 9:23 am | Staff Writer

'The band felt it important to protect the legacy.'

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The long-running dispute over royalty payments between one-time New Order bassist Peter Hook and his former bandmates has been settled after a two-year process.

As NME reports, New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert — who were sued by Hook back in 2015 — released a statement on their website explaining that the parties have now reached "a full and final settlement".

"The disputes were based upon Hook's use of various New Order and Joy Division assets on merchandising and in the promotion of shows by his new band, and the amount of money he receives from the use of the name New Order by his former colleagues since 2011," the statement reads.

"The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy.

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"With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live."

Hook, who left New Order in 2007, has never been one to shy away from his history with either the band or its predecessor, Joy Division, having conducted a tour in 2015 that saw the bassist and his current group, The Light, perform two of New Order's albums in their entirety.

He's also just about to kick off another Australian tour, primarily to perform the bands' 1987 and 1988 Substance compilations, and including two shows dedicated wholly to Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures (1979) and Closer (1980).

See theGuide for details on that run, which gets under way with a Joy Division-centric show at Sydney's Metro Theatre on Monday 2 October.