Peter Hook, the singer-songwriter most commonly recognised as the bassist player of Joy Division and New Order, delivered a tribute to The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith following his death in 2018.
Hook, who was in session with his band The Light for former Fall member Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, paid tribute to Smith who passed away at the age of 60 after a long illness with lung and kidney cancer.
With Smith’s health continually deteriorating for a number of years before his death, the snarling Fall frontman refused to stop playing music and, on a number of occasions, entered the stage via a wheelchair just weeks before his passing.
Hook, who had crossed paths numerous times with Smith as part of the Manchester music scene, arrived on 6 Music shortly after the news broke and delivered his own tribute. “I just wanted to dedicate this last song to Mark E Smith,” said Hook. “He was absolutely unique at what he did. We banged heads many times, but I had great admiration for him. I had great respect for him as a musician.”
Hook continued: “He was so hard-working. He believed completely in what he did. He was a true punk. He didn’t care what anybody else thought and I think he’s going to be very, very sadly missed.”
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