Bez has revealed that he took Peter Hook’s place on Celebrity Big Brother, only to then go on and win the reality show.
Bez became the star of the programme in 2005, appearing in order to pay an outstanding tax bill, after friend and former label-mate Hook had to say no because of alcohol addiction.
“I only did that Celebrity Big Brother because Hooky pulled out,” Bez revealed.
When asked if the Happy Mondays dancer had done him a massive favour, Hook joked: “I think the money might have had something to do with it.”
“The best thing about it is that I didn’t have as much time to think about what I was letting myself in for,” joked Bez. “I just went: ‘Yeah, I’ll do that,’ then the truth hit me.”
Of that period of his life, Hook admitted: “It was a very sad moment, I’d hit rock bottom on my drinking. It’s been very difficult but I’ve managed to sort myself out. A lot of people have helped me and, yeah, I’m a recovering alcoholic.
“What I’d forgotten was how great that this thing we have is, and I’d put something else in the way of it. I’d thought it was only great because I drank and took drugs, but it isn’t. Now I actually enjoy it more, because I don’t have the hangovers.”
The pair are currently part of a tour celebrating the heyday of infamous Manchester club The Haçienda, which Happy Mondays are headlining and Hook is DJing at.
The venue was at the centre of hit movie 24 Hour Party People, which focused on Factory Records and its owner, the late Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan).
“It was absolute madness, really,” Hook said of his club’s heyday. “I’m surprised that any of us survived, because what you had was we were really at the peak with Factory - and a lot of groups were right at the peak - so there was this element of hysteria in a place that held The Stone Roses, New Order, Happy Mondays.
“People used to come in and they used to see all these people together and go ‘Oh my God!’ That was like our playground, and we did take advantage of it.”