Freebass was a bass super group formed by Peter Hook and some prominent bass players. Last week Andy Rourke (ex-Smiths) left the band and now Mani is taking a dig at Peter Hook as well. He writes on twitter (of all places):
"Three things visible from space, Great Wall Of China, Peter Hook's wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis' blood money, Man City's empty trophy cabinet!" he tweeted, adding: "I've actually got an ongoing career, so I don’t feel the need to exploit my past glories. I exist in the here and the now."
"It's where it belongs mate… in the fucking bargain bin before it's even released," he wrote. "You live and learn."
I, personally, was thinking along the same lines, sorta torn about Peter Hook going on the road to play Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" album in full with no other members of Joy Division. Then again, it's probably the closest thing I'll ever get to seeing the band so it might be worth it.
UPDATE on Sept 14: Mani has apologized for his outburst and Peter Hook forgives him. Personally I'm way to cynical as this whole thing could've just been manufactured to bring attention to their Freebass album which comes out next week.
We've only barely mentioned Freebass in the past, it was during Excellent Online's crappy "digg-wannabe-days" (sorry everyone, I now love reddit). Anyway, Freebass is a supergroup that features Peter Hook (New Order), Mani (Stone Roses, Primal Scream), and Andy Rourke (Smiths). It was a triple-bass supergroup. Yes, they now have a drummer and a singer too. Earlier this year they released their first EP, Two Worlds Collide, and their album, It's A Beautiful Life, in digital form only. Next week they're going to release the CD version of their EP and with that release, Andy Rourke is departing from the band. According tho their official site, "Andy Rourke was initially involved in the conception of the group and contributed to the EP and a few tracks on the LP , He is now living in NYC and will not be joining the band for live dates."
Freebass, the group consisting of The Smiths' Andy Rourke, New Order's Peter Hook and The Stone Roses and Primal Scream bassist Mani, have revealed their new singer. - Source