An Encounter with New Order

Posted by The G on October 21, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

It’s been one of my dreams to see and meet New Order and I am happy to say – mission accomplished!  It’s unfortunate that Peter Hook is no longer in the band and there seems to be a lot of acrimony between him and the rest of the band which is of course distressing for their fans.  After seeing Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris perform an amazing show, I was fortunate enough to meet the band.

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard, Gillian and Stephen were all so very nice and were happy to take photos and sign some autographs, which made me extra happy!

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again to New Order for decades of great music and for being so nice!  Meeting you was a huge thrill for me!

Review: New Order live at Roseland (1st Night)

Posted by The G on October 19, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Bernard Sumner of New Order

Bernard Sumner of New Order

New Order!  On October 18, 2012 New Order played their first show in New York in 7 years at a very sold out Roseland Ballroom.  Unfortunately, bassist Peter Hook is no longer with the band and his presence was definitely missed.  But with that being said, the show was awesome!  Lead singer Bernard Sumner kicked off the show by apologizing for coming on a bit late (they started just before 9:30) as they were stuck in traffic due to the President being in town.  He said that if he was American, he would vote for Obama.  He continued, “but since I am British, it’s none of my fucking business.”

Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert

Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert

One of the great things about seeing a band like New Order in concert is that every song you’ll hear is life changing and has meant so much to fans over the years that the energy of the crowd is off the charts.  Coupling that with the fact that so many of New Order’s songs were the dance floor anthems of a generation, seeing them performed live with a great light show made for a really great experience.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

Bernard Sumner of New Order (with Stephen Morris in the corner on Drums)

After an instrumental intro, the band kicked things off with the rockin’ “Crystal” and the show just got better and better from there.  Thunderous applause and the audience losing their minds when the intros to songs such as “Ceremony,” “Perfect Kiss,” “Temptation,” “Age of Consent,” “Love Vigilantes” and “1963” induced chills many times.  With songs like those, you could go home happy with the set list, but of course they also played their mega dance floor classics such as “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “True Faith” (including the iconic video playing on the jumbo screen behind the band) and “Blue Monday” made Roseland become electric.  And if you think that the New Order songs made the audience freak out in delight, they also paid tribute to their roots playing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere” by Joy Division!

“Saint” Bernard!

During every song, really cool visuals played on a large screen behind the band and the lighting was really awesome as well.  Bernard Sumner said that he had a sore throat (though his voice sounded as good as it does on record) and his bass player had a sore ass, but the two events were unrelated.  His witty banter in between songs kept me laughing before dancing my ass off.  I haven’t had that much fun at a show in quite a while.  Thanks New Order for touring and I hope it will not be another 7 years before you return to Manhattan.

See the set list after the jump.

Bernard Sumner of New Order

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