What do you get when you combine three legendary bass players in one project? No, not some sort of Ned's Atomic
Dustbin reformation, but a new company called Collective, started by Peter Hook of New Order,
The Stone Roses' Mani and Andy Rourke of The Smiths. Collective have purchased a new nightclub in
their hometown of Manchester, Bar Cuba, and are planning to host a music television program, as well as have their hands in
other music projects. This is not Hook's first entry into the club scene, as he was a part owner of quintessential
Manchester club, Hacienda, the epicenter of the "baggy" music scene of the late '80s and early '90s, which was recently
Their first endeavor, is a charity CD, with the money raised going to remove land mines in Kosovo. The CD, entitled
Cohesion is a Manchester free-for-all, featuring a number of famous local bands, including New Order,
Badly Drawn Boy, Ian Brown and Happy Mondays, amongst others.
The three bass players extraordinaire are all keeping busy currently, with Hook in the studio with New Order,
Rourke joining new Manchester outfit Jeep, which includes members of Black Grape and 808
State, and Mani rehearsing for an pending Primal Scream tour and popping off about a Stone Roses reunion .