Adding further to the current confusion enveloping New Order's existence as a band, Billboard.com reports vocalist Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris have reacted to bassist Peter Hook's recent on-air statements and MySpace blog posts citing the band's dissolution with a statement: "He does not speak for all the band." New Order, which birthed from the ashes of '80s outfit Joy Division, and has seen numerous splits during band's lengthy tenure, has been dormant since 2005, inciting speculation of the band's death, only further solidified by Hook's comments. But according to Sumner and Morris' statement, it appears New Order is still alive and kickin', but may soon be in need of a bassist. "After 30 years in a band together we are very disappointed that Hooky has decided to go to the press and announce unilaterally that New Order have split up," the statement read. "We would have hoped that he could have approached us personally first. He does not speak for all the band, therefore we can only assume he no longer wants to be a part of New Order."
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