New Order Dusts Off Live Show

Pioneering Manchester electronic act New Order last night (July 18) played its first live show in more than two-and-a-half-years to 2000 fans at the Liverpool (England) Olympia. The performance, a war

Pioneering Manchester electronic act New Order last night (July 18) played its first live show in more than two-and-a-half-years to 2000 fans at the Liverpool (England) Olympia. The performance, a warm-up for the band's planned U.S. and Japanese tours, sold out in just two hours.

Boasting the addition of ex-Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan on guitar, the band played a mixture of classic tracks by New Order and Joy Division (the latter being the former band of New Order's Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook). The performance also featured a preview of songs from the forthcoming album "NEWORDERGETREADY," including first single "Crystal," and "Turn My Way" on which Corgan sings lead vocals.

A three-song encore that closed with the 1988 hit "Blue Monday" ended the set. The band celebrated at an after-show party hosted by local super club Cream that was attended by model Sophie Dahl, Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, producer Arthur Baker, and Stone Roses bass guitarist Mani, among others.

"NEWORDERGETREADY," the group's first album since 1993's "Republic," is scheduled for an Aug. 27 worldwide release, with a commercial single of "Crystal" due Aug. 13 in the U.K. Along with Corgan, Primal Scream and the Chemical Brothers also appear on the set.

Here is New Order's July 18 set list:

"Atmosphere"
"Slow Jam"
"Crystal"
"Regret"
"Love Vigilantes"
"Isolation"
"Your Silent Face"
"Turn My Way"
"Close Range"
"Touched By the Hand of God"
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
"Temptation"
"Love Will Tear Us Apart"

(encore)
"Ruined In a Day"
"60 Miles Per Hour"
"Blue Monday"