The Battle For New Order

The battle for New Order is underway as the former bass player has threatened to sue his ex-bandmates if they carry on with the band. Peter Hook fired the first shot in the battle when he announced that the band had broken up. Not so, said singer Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris earlier this month in a statement. And Hook has responded with a threat of legal action.

Hook took to his Myspace blog on Friday to respond to Sumner and Morris statement that the band was still very much together. Under the heading of "Disappointment!" Hook wrote, "Well im here at last with my statement! im travellin round america at the moment so its difficult for me to reply properly> Ive decided to tell the whole story? so itll be an amusing? insight into how groups work...

"FIRST. Damning me for doing something as in not coming to you personally? and then doin the same thing , never heard of two wrongs dont make a right?

"My god if i was to list my disappointments with this group id miss my plane to frisco.My first thoughts were very angry but now ive slept on it or not rather its sadness really ! this is getting political and personal so here goes......................

"SECOND> never assume anything! This group has SPLIT UP! you are no more new order than i am! you may have two thirds but dont assume you have the rights to do anything NEW ordery cos you dont ive still got a third! But am open to negotiation.

"THIRD. Just in case you hadnt noticed weve not had a "PERSONAL" relationship for a long time now...years in fact! whenever you contact me its through the management(like hale and pace eh?) i did exactly the same you all knew what was happening re the split! in FEBRUARY! using cannes and mojo as some excuse to at last get your own back is wrong.

"FOURTH. i have never spoken on your behalf i wouldnt presume to. i spoke for myself WE HAVE SPLIT! as traceyBB would say "deal wiv it!so as one third of ex new order im off to gate 36 and pizza hut. ive got a lot to tell you all but this has worn me out for a while so normal; service will be resumed as soon as possible!

"See you in court! love hookyx"

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