New Order Play At Cold War Space Centre
New Order have confirmed they will be curating a show at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire on Sunday July 7.
Johnny Marr, The Whip and Jake Evans from Bad Lieutenant will be performing on the bill alongside the iconic Manchester band on a stage set up in the shadow of Jodrell Bank’s iconic giant telescope, which served as the key device for tracking Soviet inter-continental ballistic missiles during the Cold war.
“Playing at Jodrell Bank is going to be really exciting. I grew up not far from there, and I remember riding my bike over to it all the time when I was a little lad,” said New Order drummer Stephen Morris in an announcement about the show.
“Unfortunately it’s likely that (NO keyboardist) Gillian will have to spend the whole show blindfolded because she’s got a phobia of radio telescopes, so naturally she’s terrified of Jodrell Bank. We used to drive past it, and every time she’d need to duck under the dashboard when we got close.”
Jodrell Bank founder Sir Bernard Lovell became one of the West’s most celebrated physicists during the 60s and 70s and revealed in his posthumously published diaries how in the 60s Russia’s KGB tried to persuade him to defect then tried to brainwash him after he turned them down.
Describing becoming ‘mysteriously ill’ after returning from a visit to Moscow he was told by MI5 that the KGB tried to wipe from his memory an official visit to a Russian telescope site, provoking the esteemed scientist to consider giving up astronomy.
‘I visited the bursar and told him that I was proposing to resign from Jodrell and go into the Church,” he revealed, “ . . . he did not dissuade me but my family did so, for which I am everlastingly grateful.’ (Mail: http://bit.ly/VKAgrn )
‘In retrospect, I should not have accepted that invitation to visit the USSR,” he later added.
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