|October 25, 2023|
|SWG3 TV STUDIO|
In late 1985 Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams enlisted the talents of Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown and formed The Mission. In January 1986 they embarked on their first European tour supporting The Cult. They released two singles independently, ‘Serpents Kiss’ & ‘Garden of Delight’, both reaching No.1 in the UK Independent charts, before signing a worldwide record deal with Phonogram (now Universal). Eight years later in 1994 with the band having scored 13 UK Top 40 singles including anthemic classics such as ‘Wasteland’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Severina’, ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Butterfly On A Wheel’ and having released six albums that have, in total, gone on to sell globally in excess of five million the band parted company with Phonogram and set up their own label, Neverland, on which they released two more albums. During this period The Mission enhanced their reputation as one of the best and most exciting live bands in the world winning countless accolades, readers polls, and inspiring both lurid media stories and a fanatical following as they toured constantly, including highlights such as seven sold out consecutive shows at the Astoria Theatre in London, and headlining the famous Reading Festival twice.
After various line-up changes and dwindling fortunes and enthusiasm Wayne Hussey in the mid 90s decided to call a halt to the general craziness of their existence to seek respite and well-earned solace.
In 1999, fully reinvigorated, The Mission reunited and, after a few spectacularly successful early shows, embarked on a year-long tour that saw the band visit places as far-flung as South America, Mexico, USA, South Africa, Greece (Recon 2000 tour), including memorable appearances at the Eurorock and M’era Luna Festivals and which culminated in a successful European tour in late 2000.
Early 2006 saw Universal Records release ‘Anthology – The Phonogram Years’ – a compilation of some of the band’s finest work plus some rare and never-before heard tracks, plus ‘Waves Upon the Sand / Crusade’ DVD – a re-release of two Phonogram period Mission videos, later followed by re-releasing the first four Mission albums, digitally remastered with bonus tracks and sleeve notes. Much as before, these were commercially great successes.
The year is 2011 – And 3/4 of the original line-up of the band – Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler – reformed with the addition of a new drummer, Mike Kelly, to play a sold-out European 25th-anniversary tour which ended at London’s Brixton Academy – a show that was sold out a full 6 months in advance! Encouraged by the response of their audience the band extended the tour to include South & North America and then went onto record, and release in late 2013, a brand-new album, The Brightest Light, which garnered the best press reviews the band had received in years, which included the new live favourite, ‘Swan Song’.
The year is now 2016 – the band return with an album that some consider their finest work EVER – that album is Another Fall From Grace.
Since then The Mission have continued to tour – Covid permitting – to an ecstatic and ever-loyal following, the highlights being a tour of UK’s arenas in 2017 with Alice Cooper, festival appearances across Europe during the summer of 2022, and a hugely successful tour of Latin America later the same year.
2023 sees The Mission playing a huge six week European tour through April and May, rescheduled due to the Covid outbreak from their postponed tour of early 2020, a North American tour in September and October and ending the year with five shows in the UK culminating at the Roundhouse in London at the end of that month. This show will mark the end of their Déjà Vu World Tour which commenced with shows in the UK in March 2022.
The band also release their first single since 2016 when they release ‘Grotesque’ in March, recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.