From Joy Division to New Order and beyond, Stephen Morris has been behind some of the most recognisable drumbeats in pop. Morris attended the same Macclesfield school as Ian Curtis, and joined Joy Division as their drummer in their early days, while they were still known as Warsaw. After Ian Curtis’s tragic suicide, the remaining trio – Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook – reformed as New Order, with Sumner reluctantly taking over as vocalist and the addition of Morris’s future wife Gillian Gilbert on keyboards and guitars.
Stephen Morris has been a consistent fixture in New Order’s line-up from the 1980s until the present day. The band’s long career has included multiple world tours and headlining appearances at festivals, as well as a performance at the closing concert for the 2012 Olympics. Outside of New Order, Morris has released albums and television soundtracks with Gilbert under The Other Two, and has contributed in the studio and on tour to Bernard Sumner’s project Bad Lieutenant. He is also well known for owning a collection of tanks, which he drives near his home.
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