When it comes to former Happy Mondays‘ frontman Shaun Ryder, there’s nothing left which might surprise. Or so we thought. According to British newspapers, he is about to start a quest for aliens and UFOs in a new show on The History Channel!
Ryder has made no secret of his belief in UFOs and alien life over the years, as documented in his recent autobiography Twisting My Melon. The show, to be entitled Shaun Ryder On UFOs, comprises eight episodes and begins in Manchester. In a statement Ryder said of his new alien show: “I’m delighted to be making this series! Once they see you, they keep an eye on you…”.
They’ve never really gone, but their live shows are extremely rare: New Order, probably the most known name from the Manchester music scene, will be playing two benefit gigs in Brussels and Paris this October. Along with their first live shows since 2006 comes the return of former band member Gillian Gilbert on guitar and keyboard.
The two continental Europe shows are in aid of New Order’s long time friend, artist and film producer Michael Shamberg, who has been struggling with illness since 2005. Besides being responsible for New Order’s early music videos such as ‘Everything’s Gone Green’ (watch below), Shamberg’s production credits include movies such as ‘A Fish Called Wanda’, ‘Garden State’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. Bernard Sumner said in a press release earlier this day, that Shamberg “is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care.”
After the departure of Peter Hook (pictured left) in 2007, New Order now consist of its other founding members Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris alongside Phil Cunningham on guitar and keyboard and Tom Chapman on bass (like Morris both known from Bad Lieutenant).
Gillian Gilbert states: “It’s been a long ten years since I took a break from the band, so I’m really happy to be back, and this is a great place to start. Michael is a very good friend, and I want to help him, so it’s perfect timing to come back now!”