Hits and Mrs: Gillian Gilbert Rejoins New Order For Benefit Gigs

After ten years away Gillian Gilbert rejoins New Order for European benefit gigs for band associate Michael Shamberg
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After ten years away Gillian Gilbert rejoins New Order for European benefit gigs for band associate Michael Shamberg

Eurostar here we come. New Order have announced plans to play two benefit concerts for long time band associate Michael Shamberg this October in Paris and Brussels. The line-up will feature founder members of the band Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris and former keyboardist Gillian Gilbert who is married to drummer Morris. Former bass player Peter Hook, interviewed last week for Sabotage Times, will not be appearing and there's no truth in the rumours the band are considering recruiting Rowetta on bass. Shamberg, who produced some of New order's most stunning and genre defining videos including the Brit Award winning True Faith, Touched By The Hand of God and Regret has been extremely ill for some time. Gilbert said:

“It’s been a long ten years since I took a break from the band, so I’m really happy to be back, and this is a great place to start. Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it’s perfect timing to come back now!”

Vocalist Bernard explained the reason behind the concert as being something the band feel extremely strongly about:

“Michael has been with us from the very start, initially he was in charge of Factory New York, then became, creative  producer for all our early videos. He brought our attention to the early works of Directors such as Kathryn Bigelow,  Gina Birch, Robert Breer, Peter Care, Phillipe Decouffle, Jonathan Demme, Robert Frank, Paula Greiff, Robert Longo, Bailie Walsh & William Wegman. Michael is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care.”

The dates, their first live shows since November 2006, are:

  • 17th October 2011- Ancienne Belgique -  Brussels
  • 18th October 2011 - La Bataclan -  Paris