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If you’ve been longing for the return of post-punk, you’ll know that the wait hasn’t been a short one. Pioneers like XTC, Joy Division, and Echo and the Bunnymen haven’t toured this decade at all, but the autumn holds promise for the return of the movement. Just when we couldn’t get any more excited for the upcoming Jesus and Mary Chain shows at the Paradise Rock Club in September, famed group New Order has announced their first tour in North America in seven years, scheduled to begin this October.
As many fans know, New Order was the band that rose from the ashes of iconic group Joy Division following lead singer Ian Curtis’s suicide, and the remaining members—Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris—enjoyed a great deal of success from 1980 until their first break-up in 1993, then again from their reforming from 1997-2007, and finally from last year leading up to this unexpected tour. With eight albums and several mainstream hits under their belt, there’s been speculation that the tour is an indicator of a new album on the horizon (which would be their first since 2005).
The tour includes only seven dates in San Francisco, L.A., Denver, Dallas, N.Y.C., Chicago, and Toronto, and will be New Order’s first North American touring effort since bassist Peter Hook left the band in 2007 (at the time of the second break-up) and has since been replaced with Peter Chapman. Prior to this October, their last show was in May 2005 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. In spite of the band’s switch-up, they have been playing sold-out dates in the U.K. and touring the festival circuit recently to great acclaim, and New Order has nothing but raw enthusiasm for their U.S. and Canada dates. Says frontman Bernard Sumner, “”We have so many friends and fans there we can’t wait to get back!” Neither can we, New Order… but would you mind adding a Boston date?
The North American New Order tour kicks off on October 5th.