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02 February 2023

Peter Hook Says Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Could Be ‘Olive Branch’ For New Order

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Peter Hook has spoken to Billboard about Joy Division and New Order‘s joint nomination for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and suggested it could serve as an “olive branch” for the original New Order line-up.

“To be honest with you, we were always against this sort of thing when we started,” the two groups’ founding bassist said “It was the old punk thing — we hope we die before we get old and destroy all the old musicians, etc. etc. and what rubbish awards ceremonies are. Then all of a sudden you get one, and as you get older you realize… yeah, it’s a wonderful thing. I’m humbled, I really am. It’s nice, and it’s fun to be appreciated.”

Discussing the joint nomination, Hook added, ““It feels OK to me. It was an odd thing. Joy Division was such a wonderful, powerful entity, and it was so sad the way it ended. But the three of us — Bernie, Stephen and I — got real strength from starting New Order together. We started (Joy Division) after seeing the Sex Pistols, and we’ve been banging our heads against walls and doors and kicking them down musically since then. We were always the square peg in a round hole as Joy Division and very much a square peg in a round hole as New Order. (The Rock Hall) is a hell of an accolade, but my God, I think either band has earned it. We are definitely up there without a shadow of a doubt.”

New Order reformed without Hook in 2011 and the bassist says the original line-up, ““still haven’t spoken, personally in 11 years. We’re still fighting hammer and tong, tooth and nail… I think we’re going for the record for the longest group fallout in history. It’s very tragic.

“It will be a difficult awards ceremony if we get there, but as my wife said we’ve got to rise above these things… and be nice and be courteous and think the best,” Hook says. “Maybe this is the olive branch that we may need to end the injustices that were done with New Order in the end. It’s a very strange position to be in but, y’know, we’re not the first group that’s been ostracized by each other, and we won’t be the last.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2023 will be announced in May. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place in the the autumn.

This year’s nominees are:

A Tribe Called Quest
Cyndi Lauper
George Michael
Iron Maiden
Joy Division/New Order
Kate Bush
Missy Elliott
Rage Against the Machine
Sheryl Crow
The Spinners
Warren Zevon
The White Stripes
Willie Nelson

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