LATEST: New Order bassist PETER HOOK and THE Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess have paid tribute to late British music mogul TONY WILSON.
The Factory Records co-founder died on Friday (10Aug07) after losing a battle with kidney cancer.
Former Joy Division star Hook wrote on his MySpace page, ""It's a very, very, very sad day. I feel very lost out here in Japan. It's like my father dying all over again. I'm devastated.
"I'll be going back to England as soon as possible to pick up the pieces. My heart goes out to (Wilson's family) Yvette, Oliver, Hilary and Isabelle. I'm thinking of you all, my heart is broken."
Burgess laments, "He was my real hero when I was a kid. He gave our band exposure. It was amazing because he always brought music into my television - he was the guy.
"(Wilson) put out records by my favourite bands - Joy Division and New Order - which made me believe I could be in a band and put out records.
"I feel like I felt when Joe Strummer died. It's like losing a musical dad."