Phil Cunningham (rock musician)
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Phil Cunningham in Miami (March 2012)
|Birth name||Phillip Cunningham|
7 December 1974 |
|Associated acts||Marion, New Order, Bad Lieutenant|
Cunningham is a member of the Britpop group Marion, which formed in Macclesfield in 1993. Along with singer Jaime Harding and fellow guitarist Tony Grantham, Cunningham has writing credits for all of the band's songs. After Marion's second album, The Program (recorded with Johnny Marr), frictions within the band began to take their toll; as a result, after heading to America for a fresh start, the band went their separate ways in 1999.
Cunningham joined Electronic as a touring guitarist, working again with Marr and Bernard Sumner from New Order as they promoted their third album Twisted Tenderness. Additionally, he played with LA band Run Run Run, Label and Tailgunner.
Cunningham and Harding resurrected Marion in 2006, and despite some well received live shows and releasing an EP of new material, they disbanded again in 2008 as a result of health issues within the band.
In 2011, Marion once again reconvened, with Grantham and bassist Julian Phillips joining Cunningham and Harding, with Jack Mitchell (formerly of Haven) on drums. Their comeback gig was recorded and released as the Alive in Manchester album in April 2012, and the release was accompanied by their first UK tour in over a decade. There are plans for further live shows and a third studio album.
In 2001, Cunningham joined New Order, once again as a touring musician as replacement for Gillian Gilbert who had stepped back from live commitments in order to care for her children. At this point New Order were touring Get Ready, their first album in eight years, and were enjoying a renaissance, hence played shows in Europe, Japan and the US. Cunningham remained part of New Order beyond his initial role as a touring musician for the 2005 album Waiting for the Sirens' Call, where he made his recording and co-writing debut with the band.
From 2007 to 2011 the band were on hiatus, but Cunningham was once again part of New Order's 2011 reunion concerts, this time with Gilbert returning to the band too, and continued to perform with the band during the world tour of 2012.
During a break in New Order activity, Cunningham joined Sumner and Jake Evans (who was part of Marion from 2006 to 2008) to form Bad Lieutenant, which also featured Jack Mitchell, Stephen Morris (New Order) on drums and Alex James (Blur) on bass. Cunningham split the writing duties with Sumner and Evans on the band's debut album, Never Cry Another Tear.
- Never Cry Another Tear (2009)
- Elizabeth Alker (2011-09-05). "New Order New Gigs". BBC 6 Music. Retrieved 2011-10-08.