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- Posted on Sep 14th 2010 5:30AM by Chris Cope
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The fellow Mancunian and Stone Roses bassist had attacked Hook last week as their collaborative project Freebass seemingly fell apart, reports Contactmusic.
It has since been taken down from Twitter, but Mani had said the project -- which had also included the Smiths' Andy Rourke and is set to release their debut album in the UK on Sept. 20 -- belonged in the 'f------ bargain bin before it's even released', as previously reported by Spinner.
But he has quickly moved to withdraw the foul-mouthed rant, which had also suggested Hook was living off former glories.
He said, "I wish to apologise unreservedly to Peter Hook and his family regarding comments made on a social networking site which was totally out of character for me. It was a venomous, spiteful reaction to a lot of things that are going on in my life right now and I chose to vent my frustrations and anger at one of my true friends in this filthy business, and ventured into territory which was none of my concern."
He added, "The Freebass thing has tipped me over the edge and became the focus of my bilious rants. Twenty-two years of being tripped up, face down in the mud and being kicked in the face with an iron boot will do that to the most stable of men. I hope I haven't blown a great friendship forever. Sorry Pete."
Hook has reportedly taken the outburst in good nature, responding, "Mani is a great friend of mine and he always will be. I have the utmost respect for him as a person and musician. Have none of you ever fallen out with somebody you love?"