Ugly Band Breakups: New Order
Formed from the ashes of post-punk icons Joy Division in 1980, New Order's classic lineup flourished for nearly three decades and survived several hiatuses before bassist Peter Hook's announcement that he was leaving effectively put an end to things in 2007. Or did it? Singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner soon went on the record to say that Hook's departure didn't mean New Order was over, and last December a reconfigured version of the group hit the stage sans Hook to perform their first gig since 2006. Hook reacted by comparing New Order without himself to "U2 without the Edge."